Bible Society of South Africa

Roadmap for Life – Day 7

Life is WOW!

Life is short so make the most of it by creating memories that you will be able to revisit without regrets later on. Avoid the prodigal son scenario. Anxious to get away from home he enters into a new kind of bondage and seriously messes up.

Bible text(s)

The Lost Son

11Jesus went on to say, “There was once a man who had two sons. 12The younger one said to him, ‘Father, give me my share of the property now.’ So the man divided his property between his two sons. 13After a few days the younger son sold his part of the property and left home with the money. He went to a country far away, where he wasted his money in reckless living.

Luke 15:11-13GNBOpen in Bible reader

Advice to Young People

9Young people, enjoy your youth. Be happy while you are still young. Do what you want to do, and follow your heart's desire. But remember that God is going to judge you for whatever you do.

10Don't let anything worry you or cause you pain. You aren't going to be young very long.

Ecclesiastes 11:9-10GNBOpen in Bible reader

12You are the people of God; he loved you and chose you for his own. So then, you must clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13Be tolerant with one another and forgive one another whenever any of you has a complaint against someone else. You must forgive one another just as the Lord has forgiven you. 14And to all these qualities add love, which binds all things together in perfect unity.

Colossians 3:12-14GNBOpen in Bible reader

Living in the Light

1Since you are God's dear children, you must try to be like him. 2Your life must be controlled by love, just as Christ loved us and gave his life for us as a sweet-smelling offering and sacrifice that pleases God.

3Since you are God's people, it is not right that any matters of sexual immorality or indecency or greed should even be mentioned among you. 4Nor is it fitting for you to use language which is obscene, profane, or vulgar. Rather you should give thanks to God. 5You may be sure that no one who is immoral, indecent, or greedy (for greed is a form of idolatry) will ever receive a share in the Kingdom of Christ and of God.

Ephesians 5:1-5GNBOpen in Bible reader

18Do not get drunk with wine, which will only ruin you; instead, be filled with the Spirit.

Ephesians 5:18GNBOpen in Bible reader

4May you always be joyful in your union with the Lord. I say it again: rejoice!

5Show a gentle attitude towards everyone. The Lord is coming soon. 6Don't worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart. 7And God's peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus.

8In conclusion, my brothers and sisters, fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honourable. 9Put into practice what you learnt and received from me, both from my words and from my actions. And the God who gives us peace will be with you.

Philippians 4:4-9GNBOpen in Bible reader

16In the same way your light must shine before people, so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:16GNBOpen in Bible reader

18My children, our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action.

1 John 3:18GNBOpen in Bible reader

9So let us not become tired of doing good; for if we do not give up, the time will come when we will reap the harvest. 10So then, as often as we have the chance, we should do good to everyone, and especially to those who belong to our family in the faith.

Galatians 6:9-10GNBOpen in Bible reader

Courage before God

19This, then, is how we will know that we belong to the truth; this is how we will be confident in God's presence.

1 John 3:19GNBOpen in Bible reader

6Close your heart to every love but mine;

hold no one in your arms but me.

Love is as powerful as death;

passion is as strong as death itself.

It bursts into flame

and burns like a raging fire.

7Water cannot put it out;

no flood can drown it.

But if anyone tried to buy love with wealth,

contempt is all they would get.

Song of Songs 8:6-7GNBOpen in Bible reader
The Man

2Like a lily among thorns

is my darling among women.

The Woman

3Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest,

so is my dearest compared with other men.

I love to sit in its shadow,

and its fruit is sweet to my taste.

Song of Songs 2:2-3GNBOpen in Bible reader

18There are four things that are too mysterious for me to understand:

    19an eagle flying in the sky,
    a snake moving on a rock,
    a ship finding its way over the sea,
    and a man and a woman falling in love.
Proverbs 30:18-19GNBOpen in Bible reader

Love is WOW!
We love to believe that love is what makes the world go around. True love is wonderful, overwhelming and way out there! In The Song of Songs we read:
And who will ever understand the language of two lovers hopelessly in love with each other:
Even the wise old author of Proverbs with all his wisdom could not fathom the mystery of love:

Be a WOW Christian
That means bringing what you do and say in line with what you believe. If we become like Christ, the values we believe in is more than just a list of do’s and don’ts. It’s being like Christ in all we do.

Know where to draw the line
Peer pressure often creeps in when you’re amongst people of your own age group or when you’re in new surroundings and desperately want to fit in. A regular reality check about who you are and what you stand for will help to keep you on track. Remember the old saying: “If you don’t know what you stand for, you’ll fall for anything.”

Be a do-gooder
Make your faith real by being an active believer. Volunteer at a soup kitchen or get involved with a community project. You can be a shining light to your friends on campus or at work by the way you care.

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