“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2, NKJV)
If there’s one thing everyone in America wants, it’s “The good life.” God made us to dream; to want to succeed. The truth is, “The good life” begins and ends with God alone. We may acquire and obtain material wealth and blessings in this life, but if we are not eternally secure, it’s really all for nothing.
God is eternal and He made us eternal as well. Eternity will, in the end, have its say. It consists of Heaven and Hell. The Bible says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 9:10, NIV). So, the good life begins with God and understanding our place eternally, which is determined, not by how many good works we do, but by receiving the good work Jesus Christ did for us, by sacrificing Himself on the Cross, that our sin could be washed completely away, paving the way for us to spend eternity with God. We receive this by faith and faith alone.
The next step toward the good life is determined by how we think. “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7, NKJV). If we understand that we were not placed on this earth by happenstance; to just try to figure it all out somehow and hopefully we’ll all arrive at some unknown happy place, but that God put us here intentionally, then we can begin to understand the following concept: “The Son of God became a Son of Man, so that sons of men could become sons of God.”
In order to understand the plan of God for our lives, we must have His mind on the subject. One thing that I have considered a great deal lately is that the Bible is like an owner’s manual. God is the writer who understands everything to do with our lives. He is ready to reveal the contents, the instructions, the secrets to living the good life, but we must get our noses in the book to find out.
It is not merely in the “doing” of reading the Word of God, but in the motivation – the “Why” of it. I’ve spent many, many hours reading the Bible and what I realize more and more is that if I read with the intent to understand, for the Holy Spirit to reveal His Word to me, I will receive new revelation, perhaps of passages I’ve read a thousand times.
I find it particularly true if I sit down for an hour or two to prayerfully read ten, twelve, even fifteen chapters. The more I immerse myself in God’s mind, the more I walk away with His thoughts. His thoughts always lead me to the good life. There are two closing passages I want to leave with you to meditate on this week:
“My purpose is to give life in all its fullness” (John 10:10, TLB).
“ For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV).
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Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos, Grace San Marcos meets at 10 a.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays with meetings for youth, children and other groups scheduled throughout the week. Visit www.gracesanmarcos.net for further information.
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