A Full Life

July 3, 2015

                                              A Full Life

When it comes to our life, what they say is true.  We only go around once. We all want to get the most we can out of life.  In this article we will consider what constitutes a good life and what we need to do to live it.  We need to determine what our philosophy of life is.  What do you expect to get from life?  What, for some, constitutes a good life is not the same for everyone.

You need to think of your life as a long journey.  When you reach the end of your journey, will you be where you want to be?  What will be your reaction?  Will it have been a profitable journey, or a wasted life?  Many arrive at the end and conclude that theirs has been an empty life.  Don’t let that happen to you.  It will most certainly be your experience if your goal is to get all you can for yourself.  The goal of many is to accumulate wealth.  For them, success is measured in wealth.  If you are thinking that way, you need to give serious consideration to what Proverbs 23:5 says.  “Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.”

I read once about a rich man who knew that his remaining days on earth were few.  He told his wife that he wanted her to put all his money in his coffin before they closed the lid for the last time.  After the funeral some friends of his wife asked her if she had complied with his wishes.  She said “Yes I did.  I had him write a check in the name of cash.  I went to the bank with it and drew out all his money in cash.  Then I put it all in my account.  Then I wrote out a check to him for that amount and slipped it into his coffin when they let me see him for the last time.”

If you live your life selfishly others will be hurt by it.  It may be your life partner or your children.  To avoid that happening, you need to set down some basic convictions that you will abide by throughout your life.  Convictions are firm beliefs that control your life.  They are principles that guide you in making decisions.  They are decisions you make and abide by   like, “I will not steal, I will always tell the truth, I will keep myself pure.” Genuine Christians make convictions to accept the Bible as the word of God and pattern their life according to its precepts.  In the Bible they find guide posts and they are convinced that if they violate them it will be to their own peril.

I have found that Luke 6:38 is a tremendous key to a full, happy life.  It says “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” This is a promise that God has given to those who love him.  It includes more than money.  It also includes time, love, attention, and a host of other things that we can give.  It is a promise that we need to claim.  A word of caution needs to be given.  We don’t always get back what we give.  If we give money, for example, God may give us health in return.  We may not even realize that we have received our recompense. God also gives us friends who do a lot for us.  Proverbs 11:24-25 says, “There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.   The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.”

Some are afraid to give their life to God.  They say, “What will happen if after all the promise of life after death is nothing but a delusion?” The truth is that the majority of Bible believing Christians find joy and satisfaction in living the Christian life.  They haven’t wasted their life.  When they reach the end of their life they will have no regrets.  They have little to be ashamed of.  Even if there were no life after death, they haven’t lost anything.

For the born again Christian, death isn’t the end.  It is just the day of their home going.  Jesus gives us these assuring words in John 14:1-6.  “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.   In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.    And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.    And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.    Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?    Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”  When we die we go to enjoy the rewards we have been laying up while we were living a full life here on earth.  Jesus said, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:   But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.”  We don’t get to heaven by living a full life.  We get there by putting our trust in the sacrifice Christ made for us when he died on the cross.

The following are some sayings that you would do well to contemplate and appropriate them for your life.

  • “He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” Jim Elliot
  • Just one life. It will soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last.”
  • “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26).
  • “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

If you aren’t a child of God you are losing something of tremendous value every day.  At death you will hear Jesus pronounce these heart rending words. “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:23).  I want you to have a full life.  There is no better way to have it than by being a child of God and living the Christian life. God has made it possible for you to have a full life.  It begins by humbly coming to God, trusting him for the forgiveness of your sins, and surrendering your life to him.  Why don’t you do it now?

If you have questions or comments you can send them to us at the following address  rusandmargaretgeorge@windstream.net

 

 

 

 

 

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