Do you want the good life, or the God life? I ask, because you do need to make a choice, and what you choose is entirely up to you. Let’s be clear though, when we say ‘good’, we do not mean ‘great’ – that would going to far and probably not be realistic – but you can enjoy a ‘good’ life. There are basically three options in life (let’s simplify things by leaving out other religions – my post ‘All Roads Lead To Heaven (Apparently)‘ covers these). Without getting into the fourth multiple choice option of other religions, the three options that we can choose in life are as follows (and as long as you are alive you can switch to a better option):
- Ignore God completely, never receive Jesus as Lord & Saviour. Basically, enjoy life without bothering about what God would want you to be doing; and more importantly (for you) not being remotely concerned about the things that God would say no to. The only downside here is that you’ll go to hell – which is a pretty big downside. But you could always take the risk that you’ll make it to old age (and that Jesus doesn’t come back in the meantime) and then get saved. You’d probably get pretty good odds on making it OK, I guess. Plus why not become an atheist and convince yourself that God isn’t real and therefore, neither is hell. The end result will be the same, but at least you’ll live your life in blissful ignorance.
- Receive Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. Commit to living for Him and do whatever He wants you to do. The downside here, is that it’s going to be kind of boring, you’re going to miss out on a lot of good stuff and you’ll have to make lots of sacrifices. The Christian life is, of course, one of suffering.
- Now we get to the third option, which is really a middle ground between the other first two options. Here’s how it works: Receive Jesus as your Saviour (just ignore the Lord part), and thus avoid the whole going to hell thing – bonus! Then you can pretty much live your life how you want to live, have a good time, enjoy things, and involve God when it suits you. The downside here? There isn’t one! It’s pretty much the best of both worlds, what’s not to like?
Some go for the first option, they live for pleasure.
Or at least that the myth, that’s the lie that the devil sells to people, and people buy it! They fall for it hook, line and sinker. Some go for the first option – they live for pleasure, they live for themselves. Of course the devil won’t actually mention the part about going to hell. He’ll either convince them that God isn’t real anyway and that they won’t go anywhere when they die, so what does it matter? Or else he’ll convince them that God loves them and so they’ll probably make it to heaven anyway (I believe it’s called universalism) – after all they’re pretty good people, aren’t they?
This is an extremely widespread lie.
Then there are those who buy the second option. They love God and they want to live for Him, which is commendable and this is certainly a good attitude to have. However, they have bought the devil’s religious lie that Christianity means a life of lack, a life of missing out on much of the ‘good stuff‘. The religious lie justifies all this by insisting that if you love God, you should be prepared to make the sacrifice. This is an extremely widespread lie, which many Christians believe and as consequence, they get exactly the sort of life that they expect to get. Zechariah 8:13 says, “I will rescue you and make you both a symbol and a source of blessing” (New Living Translation), the life that I have just described is neither a symbol or source of blessing. You can use religious phrases to show why you are blessed spiritually or whatever, but the world – who we are supposed to be a symbol to – won’t see it that way.
They know that God is real.
The third option, is the one that often proves quite a temptation for many Christians. They know that God is real, they also know that heaven and hell are real, and they certainly do not want to go to hell. But on other hand they’re not really impressed with the second option – living wholeheartedly for God. They don’t really fancy a life of sacrifice and missing out on most of the good things that life has to offer, so they compromise and live the way they want to live. If it fits in with what God wants – great, if it doesn’t – whatever, who cares! As long as still make it to heaven, that’s all that really matters.
All of these options are a lie.
All of these options, as I have presented them here, are a lie; so let’s show now what the truth is. The truth of the first option, is that if you choose it, you’re going to go hell. You may possibly make it to old age and have a chance to repent, but then again you might not. Do you really want to gamble with your eternal future (that’s eternal, as in forever, with no chance of ever choosing a different option once you die)? Salvation is available in this lifetime only – don’t leave it too late!
God loves you and He wants the absolute best for you.
The second option will ensure you make it to heaven, but the truth is that you do not need to miss on enjoying life! God loves you and He wants the absolute best for you. If there are some things which He advises you against, it’s either because He has something far better planned for you, or because that thing would have been harmful or detrimental to you. John 10:10 in The Message translation says, “I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of“. You are never going to be able to have that sort of life, outside of the will of God. If you want to have the best life that you could possibly have, make a decision today to follow God wholeheartedly, believe everything that He has promised you in the Bible and fully expect it to come to pass in your life. As Matthew 6:33 says, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you“.
God wants your heart to be filled with joy unspeakable! He delights in giving heaven’s very best to His children.
— Pastor John Hagee (@PastorJohnHagee) 23 July 2017
Knowing the truth about the second option, makes the third option far less appealing. If you want to live pretty much like the world, then you are going to get pretty much the same results as the world and furthermore, you are going to miss out on the good plan that God has for your life. There is divine protection available to the believer, but you’ll only benefit from it if you regularly claim God’s promises of protection (like those found in Psalm 91) over your life. The problem is that you’re not even going to be reading the Bible very much if you choose this option, so you won’t know what is available to you. Likewise, both divine healing and divine health are available, but not if you hardly ever read the Bible and don’t believe for them. As for prosperity – forget about it! God’s prosperity is based on doing things His way, and by choosing the third option, you are rejecting His way of doing things. Oh you may (probably not though) prosper “in the world“, as the Bible puts it in Psalm 73:12; but the more money you make, the more sorrow it will bring. Proverbs 10:22 says, “The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it“; consequently, if you prosper “in the world“, it is going to bring sorrow. You only have to look at the broken marriages, drink or drug problems etc of Hollywood & pop stars, to know that money – without God – does not bring happiness. Lottery winners don’t seem to do much better either; according to an article in the New York Daily News nearly 70% of lottery winners end up broke within 7 years.
So to conclude: Realise that the devil is trying to sell you a lie – which should hardly come as a surprise, he is after all, the father of lies. Once you realise that being a Christian does not need to be boring, you can embrace everything that God has for you and as a result you will find yourself blessed and other people will be attracted to the life that they see you living.
If you have any further questions or thoughts, please feel free to leave a comment.
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