James 1:17 "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning."
Each day is a gift. It's not a gift that God had to give you. He chose to, however, and we need to make good use of that gift. He desires to accomplish something through your life today for His honor and His glory.
My husband preached not too long ago about being sanctified (or set apart) to live holy for God. That is one thing God expects of His children. He tells us in His Word in Leviticus 20:7 "Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God." He also tells us in I Peter 1:15 "But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation." He is not giving us a choice here. He is telling us to live holy. To live holy we have got to yield ourselves to God. We cannot live holy if we yield ourselves to the flesh. What we yield to is what controls us.
We need to be completely yielded and devoted to Him in every area of our lives. To live contrary to holiness is not to reject man's authority but to reject God's authority. Man is not telling us to live holy and sanctified...God is!!
When we live and grow in the area of holiness then the other areas of our Christian life will be more effective. For example...when we live a holy life our witness will be more effective. If you go up to talk to someone about the Lord and your life is not one of being sanctified and holy....if it is a life of worldliness and carnality...what kind of impact do you think you will make? Not as much of an impact as if you lived a holy and sanctified life. The lost want to see something different in and about us. There is nothing to want if we're just like they are.
The Lord Jesus purchased us with His own precious Blood. I Corinthians 6:19-20 "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." If you are saved then you belong to Him. Ye owe it to Him to live holy according to His Word.
How do we do that? By reading His Word and obeying His Word and through prayer and realizing that we cannot live a holy and sanctified life. It takes the Holy Spirit Who lives within us to live it through us.
Others....not just the lost....are watching our lives to see something different. There are newly saved people, that are only just beginning their new life that are watching us. They are looking to us to be an example of Christ to them.
God has given us all a limited amount of time on this earth. Each day is a gift from Him. Are you living a holy and sanctified life that points others to Christ?
My prayer each day is to first thank God for the day and then tell Him my desire is to not use it in vain but to live it to honor and glorify His name. We do that by living holy.
Make a point today and each day to live as Christ would have you live. Afterall....all He did was die for you....it's the least you can do!!!