On my last post I spoke about the biggest lie I have believed. Since then I got to thinking about yet another lie of this world one that I see a lot of people believing and living in and i myself sometimes struggle with, despite knowing better.
Living my best life.
It’s obvious that everyone wants to live the best life that the can, and I do believe that God wants us to have the best life, he says in Ephesians he has plans to prosper and not harm us, plans to give us hope and a future.
The issue I have now is the context within which the term “living my best life” has been used especially in comparison to the concept of a Christian life.
Today’s generation is one of “you only live once,” “enjoying our youth” and “living our best life”.Growing up as a teenager and young adults, this was used mainly as an excuse to basically “do whatever I want to do” it’s an excuse not to care about morals, but even more painfully it’s an excuse not to care about consequences of our actions both to ourselves and to others. Morals ambition and future planning is put on hold in favour of indulgence and instant gratification.
Now I know it’s easy to start reading this and think well you had your experiences and now that you outgrew them you wanna stop us from enjoying our lives…
Yes I know this because that’s what I used to say too…I was living my best life don’t pop my bubble..or so I thought.
I have had moments where I looked at the world to tell me what I need to do, how I should act and what I should feel. I will explore this at a later post, However this meant that I also had a time where I believed Christian life was boring. A lot of shouldn’t and don’t and not a whole lot of fun or freedom.
Now I’m saved. I have no doubt that God has pulled me completely into his arms. But if I’m being honest I still have those times where I’m bored and I’m envious of non-believers who seem to have the freedom to do as they please.
Having the revelation of Christ means I understand that not all I want to do is good for me, not everything that seem good is good for me.
As I continued thinking about this and doing my devotions I came across Psalm 73. Only as God does, this happened to be the moment when i was being envious of a non-christian coworker and their seemingly easy life with less deliberations of right or wrong, just a simple do I want to do this.
If you ever struggled with and felt torn between living your best life and living Christian life, honestly read Psalm 73. I would put it here but it’s too long,
It starts by saying,
“Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong. They are free from common human burdens; they are not plagued by human ills.”
Psalms 73:1-5 NIV
I wont lie it is easy to envy a non-believer when you feel like ‘faith’ just isn’t producing that “happiness” you were promised. *read this* When that Goodly husband isn’t turning up, financial provision is taking longer and being a christian feels like a constant battle of desire lust and fear of God. I know I been there.
And in the end the Psalmist says;
“Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you. But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.”
Psalms 73:23-28 NIV
I picked the first 5 and last 5 verses for a reason. Sometimes when Christians talk about about the Christian life, this is all they talk about, firstly the struggle of humanity, struggle of desire lust and ease, and then mention the ultimate Goal of being a christian and ‘fruits’ of that journey. But, its in between these where every day life is, if you hadn’t plan on reading the whole passage now you will just have to.
I’m not writing this to say I know the best way to live your life or a Christian life. I’m writing this to encourage myself as well as you in the pursuit of God, in learning to not be conformed to the patterns of this world.
David says in Psalm 32 on this matter
“Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.”
Psalms 37:1-6 NIV
Another one I recommend reading.
And as a last word. God wants you to live your best life, but not the way the world tells you, rather test all things, hold fast to what is good. Test and approve what is God’s will, his pleasing and perfect will.
Your best life is one that is within God’s Will and Purpose for you.