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March, 2012

By: Nick Wisda

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I Need to Make a Change

Tonight’s bible study brought up some old thoughts to mind, this time in a new way. It also brought tears to my eyes.

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21
It was always popular but I never understood this verse. I heard different teachings on it but it never really clicked. I mean I got it but didn’t at the same time. To live is Christ… That sentence just doesn’t make sense.

Tonight I got it. I heard it switched out for other things like; To live is money, To live is cars, To live is fame, To live is respect, or photography, or girls, or sex, or marriage, or family, or whatever else. To live is popularity and to die is loss. Put anything you want in place of Christ, and to die is loss. Even good things; Family, friends, others, anything… because everything will one day pass away but the Lord remains forever.

I’ve always wondered what people would say when asked what the most important thing in their life was, and then ask their friends about them separately to see if they would match. I would guess almost every Christian would say Jesus, since anything else would be idolatry (Exodus 20:3), but would the way they spend their time and money agree with that? We all know actions speak louder than words. If I asked you what would you say? What would your friends say? What does your Facebook say? What about me? I have a small snippet on my website that says I’m a Christian… big deal. I can almost guarantee you that my cousins and my friends would say that photography is the most important thing in my life. Before this, I’ve never blogged about anything spiritual. I spend my time building my photography business, on Facebook or Twitter, sending and reading emails, watching TV, how much of it do I spend reading my bible or in prayer? To be transparent; not much, and usually none. If I said Jesus was the most important thing in my life, I’d have to admit that my actions don’t line up with that. Will I continue putting everything I have into my business? If I do, my life will have been for nothing. To live is photography and to die is loss.

Imagine if your friend planned to give you a gift that he put his heart and soul into. He spend MONTHS making this gift come together. When the day comes and he gives it to you, what is your response? What if you weren’t appreciative, and you put the gift on the shelf and continued texting your other friends, how would your friend feel? What about the sacrifice Jesus made? For God so loved the world, he [GAVE] his only son… that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. He GAVE. That is a gift. What is our response? Do we put him on the shelf and continue to live for ourselves? The greater the gift, the greater the response.

I need to make a change. Is anybody with me?

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  • Mitch2520

    Whats up Nick?!

    Okay, now I’m not a man of God but I wanted to add to this post. You said that God gave you a gift, his only son to die on a cross for our sins, so that way we can spend eternity in heaven with him. Right? Now, I agree that him doing that could be perceived as the “Gift” but I think there is an even greater gift that you should be thankful for… He gave you LIFE. He gave you the opportunity to be somebody, and to have a great life. Now I cant say to not read the bible, but the bible wasn’t written by Jesus. So he wasn’t ever like ” you have to read the bible to be a good christian”. Its good to read and learn about the stories of Jesus and of what he did, but I don’t think that reading the bible makes someone a good Christian. In the bible Jesus says to come to the kingdom of heaven you have to follow the 10 commandments right? ( Again, im not a big man of God) So, really, as long as you do that, you are a good Christian.

    I wouldn’t normally post back to something like this, but I get the feeling that you’re selling yourself short. Whats better? A) Someone that can say to anyone they are a man of god, someone that’s an inspiration to others, someone that treats women with respect, someone that doesn’t swear, someone that doesn’t smoke or do drugs, someone that actively spreads the word of God… or B) someone that reads the bible? Now you see you might not see it but you are utilizing the gift that was given to you. Everything that you are doing, is what God would want you to do. God gave you one life, and you focusing on your business is you trying to reach your full potential, not turning you back to gods gift. Its you using the gift that he gave to you!!

    Now the last point I wanted to mention was you saying this “I have a small snippet on my website that says I’m a Christian… big deal” Now, like I said im not much of a man of god, but am I to understand that the relationship you have with God should me made public, and hugely announced to the world? Because really the relationship you have with God is that in of itself. Between YOU and GOD!!! The rest of the world can know that you are a man of God but what does it matter if the world knows about it?

    Like I said, I felt like you were selling your accomplishments short. If there is a God, then you are doing everything right! Live the life God would want you to live! Be kind, be generous,be giving, be respectful, most of all be happy.

  • Nicki

    I absolutely love this post Nick. Perfectly said!!!

  • Jimdavishicks

    I totally get it and totally agree with you. Even our accomplishments that we want to be for His glory can often become our idols of self accomplishment. To live for Him fully and perform in excellence for an audience of ONE! That’s the life He wants from us. ALL for His glory and in that we find true happiness no matter in want or abundance, favor or resistance.

  • Gee

    well said. contemplating about this now :o

  • Gea

    well said. contemplating about this now :o

  • Jmurray962

    Needed to hear this today! Thank you for this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeremiahdanielspray Jeremiah Daniel Spray

    I’m challenged. And I’m with you.

  • Stephanie Timbol

    Beautiful post Nick. Transparency and humility that illuminates Christ’s work in all of us.

  • http://twitter.com/thehannahgirl HannahGirl

    Love this. I keep… *meaning* to get to spending more time with God, ya know? Thanks for the beautiful reminder.