Reason For Living

November 26, 2012

Reason For Living

            A believer with a good relationship with God has abundant reason for living.  Jesus promised, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”  Believers with a good relationship with God aren’t bored with life.  They never think about suicide.  God has a marvelous plan for all those who are his.  It’s exciting to find out what his plan is and live it out.

It’s sad that there are those who claim to be Christians, but they reserve the right to make their own decisions without seeking the will of God.  They refuse to let God occupy the place in their lives that he should have.  The result is that they aren’t happy and live an unfruitful life.  They don’t enjoy what the Apostle Paul, in Ephesians 1:3, calls “all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.”

God, our Creator, made us with an empty place in our soul that only he can occupy.  Until we let him occupy that place we will say again and again to ourselves, “I’m missing something.  There must be something more to life.”

When people are unhappy in life they often seek satisfaction in unwholesome things like alcohol, sex or drugs.  Some fill their lives with things this world has to offer.  It takes their mind off the real world.  They aren’t always things that could be called sin, but they aren’t the will of God for them either.

Some mistakenly think it would be boring to do the will of God.  They might be right if they haven’t experienced biblical salvation.  Without that, it’s just a matter of “does and don’ts.” The Bible tells us that we need to be converted.  Acts 3:19 says “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.”  After that, we live for God from the heart and not just outwardly.  “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:  And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again” (II Corinthians 5:14-15).

To be able to enjoy the life in abundance that Jesus promised us in John 10:10, we need to know how to guard our hearts.  Proverbs 4:23 says, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”  In the New Testament we read in Colossians 3:1-3 “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.    For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”

In God’s plan, life is to be enjoyed.  Obviously that’s not the way it is with many people.

  • God doesn’t want      us to be bored with life.

The word “joy” appears 200 times in the Bible.

  • God doesn’t want      us to go through life defeated and depressed.

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:29-30).

  • God doesn’t want      us to feel restrained.

“Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption   into the glorious liberty of the children of God” (Romans 8:21).

  • God doesn’t want      us to be ashamed.

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”  (II Timothy 2:15).

I don’t live to be entertained, but I do love entertainment.  God always gives me an ample measure of it.  What he gives is clean and pure.  I have noted that when believers are together in a social event, there is always a lot of fun and laughter.

Reason for living doesn’t vanish away for Bible believing Christians when they face hardships.  It’s almost certain that this article will fall into the hands of some who are afflicted in some way.  They may be asking, “What can God do for me?”  In II Corinthians 1:3 our God is called “The God of all comfort.”  God gives an abundant measure of grace (unmerited favor) in every situation.  He gives dying grace to the dying and bereaved.  I have been at the side of many when they went through it.

II Corinthians 12:9 says “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”  I Peter 5:7 says “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”  The faithful believer always finds that God is able to sustain him in times of heartaches and loss.

Jesus gave his life on the cruel cross in order that you might have forgiveness for your sins and be included in the family of God.  John 1:12 says “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”  It’s for you, my friend.  Do you have good reason for living?  To have life in abundance, all you need to do is humble yourself before God and confess to him that you are a sinner and ask him to forgive you and make you a child of his.

If you don’t have a church you can call your own, you need to seek one.  It should be a church that faithfully preaches and teaches God’s Word.  They can help you to know God better and walk faithfully in his way.

 

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