Friday, February 14, 2020

How to Get The Most Out of Life

"The thief's purpose is to steal and kill and destroy.  My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life."  -- Jesus Christ, John 10:10 (NLT)

We only have so much time before we die.  How can we get the most out of life?  There are several different approaches. 

First, some focus on pleasure.  Make your life all about fun and games.  Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die.  Living for the weekend.  But a focus on pleasure is selfish, and selfishness ultimately leads to isolation and unhappiness.  And then when you die, you go to hell.  A lifetime of pleasure is not worth an eternity in hell.

Second, some focus on achievement.  Make such a name for yourself that people remember you for generations to come.  Be the very best.  Win the awards.  Earn the honors.  Do what no man has done before.  Get your name etched in the record books.  But this is nothing but plain-old selfishness.  It is making your life all about you.  It reminds me of the Robert Redford movie "The Natural."  His ambition was to be the best baseball player of all time.  Several times he was asked, "And then what?"  He replied, "And then when I walk down the street and people see me they will say, 'There goes Roy Hobbs, the best there ever was.'"  Lame.  The praise of men feels good, but it does nothing for your soul.  When you die, all your achievements will mean nothing.  Only what was done for Christ will matter. 

Third, some focus on activism.  Live your life to make the world a better place.  Make a positive difference.  But a life of good deeds and positive activism will not benefit you when you die if you do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  Good deeds don't save.  Hell is filled "good" people who rejected Christ.

Fourth, some focus on Jesus Christ.  Love and serve Him with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.  Trust in Him for salvation.  Cling to Him for joy, peace, and comfort.  Look to Him for meaning and purpose.  Live for His fame.  Live for His pleasure.  Live to further His mission.  Imitate His character, conduct, and convictions.  Make your life all about Jesus.  This is the way to make the most out of life.  It is the most joy-filled life.  The most meaningful life.  The most satisfying life.  And it is the wisest way to live, because you will have the hope of eternal life, and your life will be spent building up eternal treasures in heaven. 

Far from ruining your life, Jesus gives you a life worth living.  He called Himself the way, the truth, and THE LIFE (Jn 14:6).  He came to give you a rich and satisfying life (Jn 10:10).  He came to give you rest (Mt 11:28).  To give you joy and peace and contentment (Phil 4:4, 7, 12-13).  He will meet your needs (Phil 4:19).  He will carry your burdens (1 Pt 5:7).  He will give you wisdom and guidance for every decision (Ps 25:12-13).  He will give you freedom from self-defeating sins (Rm 6:6).  He will give you forgiveness and a clear conscience (Col 1:14).  And He will give you a purpose to live for (Mt 28:19-20).

If you have not given your life to Jesus Christ, then do it today.  Make today best day of your life.  The start of your new life in Christ.  Stop wasting your days, and start making the most out of your life.  Make your life all about Jesus.

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