All I Want For My Birthday is Jesus – (or that which is truly life) –

“As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.”

– 1 Timothy 6:17-19

O Lord, it is so wonderful to know you in that which is truly life. That my running would not be after riches and fleeting pleasures of this world – but rather – surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let me also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let me run with endurance the race that is set before me, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of your throne (Hebrews 12:1-2). O Father, your word is so precious to me! Break my heart before the words of your Son:

“Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”

– Matthew 10:39

How close have I come to losing my life in my effort to find it on my own, Lord? – How hard have I sought after position or security apart from you? –

“You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”

– James 4:4

Teach me what it means to never love the world to the exclusion of you – but – always love you to inclusion of the world! For whoever loses his life for your sake will find it

“And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”

– John 17:3

O Lord, I long for you – the way, and the truth, and the life (John 14:6) – You are the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8 ) Riches are uncertain – but – you are the very basis for inexhaustible certainty! – You are that which is most real, and by your light, you reveal all that is such! Make me yours – that I might come to know Jesus more and more – which is truly life


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