How can a young person live a clean life? By carefully reading the map of your Word. I’m single-minded in pursuit of you; don’t let me miss the road signs you’ve posted. I’ve banked your promises in the vault of my heart so I won’t sin myself bankrupt. Be blessed, God; train me in your ways of wise living. I’ll transfer to my lips all the counsel that comes from your mouth; I delight far more in what you tell me about living than in gathering a pile of riches. I ponder every morsel of wisdom from you, I attentively watch how you’ve done it. I relish everything you’ve told me of life, I won’t forget a word of it.Psalm 119:9-16 MSG
Good Morning Beautiful,
Let me ask you this simple question, “What is your delight?” what in your heart makes you feel complete and whole and assured that you are right where you need to be?
Here I am at 26 years old, and I can tell you that I have yet to experience a lot of things. The thing about me is that I never felt as though I needed to experience certain things in this life to feel as though I have lived. Why? You may ask, well, for starters, living isn’t about jumping on every bandwagon because your friends or peers are doing so. Nor is it about “finding oneself” by the world’s standards of identity.
What is often unknown to us is that when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, we don’t have to go looking for an identity or a purpose because it has already been planted inside us. All we have to do is live it!
So what does it look like to live for God?
Being in pursuit of Jesus
Being a Christian isn’t just about a title or a status, but about a lifestyle change. When you make a lifestyle change, you don’t try it out for a month or two, but the changes you make are something you dedicate yourself to do every day. Meaning, you will no longer think the same or act the same, and you will be more conscious of your choices. You are choosing to take on the mind of Christ and walk in His way instead of your own.
God’s Word is strictly to train us to live a life that is pleasing to Him. The Bible is the source of living as it holds the knowledge and wisdom to do so. Every answer that we search for or seek after can be found in the Word of God.
“I’m feeling terrible–I couldn’t feel worse! Get me on my feet again. You promised, remember? When I told my story, you responded; train me well in your deep wisdom. Help me understand these things inside and out so I can ponder your miracle-wonders. My sad life’s dilapidated, a falling down barn; build me up again by your Word. Barricade the road that goes Nowhere; grace me with your clear revelation. I choose the true road to Somewhere, I post your road signs at every curve and corner. I grasp and cling to whatever you tell me; God, don’t let me down!”Psalm 119:25-32 MSG
Being in pursuit of Christ will require you to dive into His Word. Not sometimes or now and then, but we must be in God’s Word on a daily. Seeking through scripture, trying to find the answers that we need to walk this walk with Christ.
Not letting age be a factor
I love how in Psalm 119:9, this psalmist started this verse by saying, “How can a young person live a clean life? By carefully reading the map of your Word.”
I emphasize, ” How can a young person live a clean life?” Just because you are young doesn’t mean that you can’t start living for God. God wants you to start now because He can prepare you to make the right choices when you are an adult.
There are several examples in the Bible showing that God doesn’t care about the age of a person: Abraham and Sara have a baby in their old age, Jeremiah who God called to be a prophet to the nations at a young age, and the list can go on and on. Your age does not determine whether or not you are capable of living for God.
Choose now what brings you delight; it is either going to be the things of this world or the things of God.
Seeking Godly Counsel
God has put people in our lives to help draw us closer to the things that God is calling us to do. Don’t be so quick to turn away from someone trying to lead you closer to Christ. If you do things that you know are not pleasing to God, then I encourage you to turn away from that sin. As the psalmist stated in Psalms 119: 9-16, “I’ve banked your promises in the vault of my heart so I won’t sin myself bankrupt.”
Sin will have you losing out on everything that God has in store for you. Don’t let the enemy manipulate you into believing that what you are doing will not hurt you in the long run. Satan’s job is to deter you from the course that God has for you, and so many of us fall right into that trap. Know that anything that brings about confusion, secrecy, doubt, uncertainty, anxiety-producing thoughts is of the enemy.
Guard your heart and be mindful of those that you keep around you. Always seek godly counsel, and the only way to know if that person is of God is to read His Word. The Bible says, in Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.“
God also says, in Luke: 6:43-45, “For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.“
Be wise in the things that bring you delight because only true fulfillment can come from God.
- What is your definition of living? Does it line up with the Word of God?
- If you are unsure about where you are and is seeking to understand the path that God has for you, read over Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” Let this be your prayer!