Minden Press-Herald

Thursday
Oct 02nd

The Art of Living

In light of the Resurrection and discussions about this New Life in Christ, believers need to remind themselves daily of the freedom in Christ they have inherited. By placing our faith and trust in Jesus Christ - as the Savior of the World, holder of the keys to God's Eternal Kingdom and the power to grant Everlasting Life - we are equipped to enjoy the special promise of our Lord. ("I have come that you may have life and have it more abundantly"-John 10:10).

Living this 'abundant life' is far more than avoiding problems as some think. They have the idea that a wonderful life is like driving a bumper car around the circle, swerving to miss the obstacles in the course. If you miss all of them in life, you have learned the art of living! Wrong! "Sometimes it's only in problems that we discover what it really means to be alive. The art of living He offers is far more than Biblical knowledge, a hope for the future, or freedom from problems. It is a life fulfillment, involvement, direction, and sacrifice here and now".(1) Life here on earth is a preparation exercise for our Eternal Life with God, Christ our Lord and all the saints.

To live as a Christian means to live under the lordship of Christ in a way that is not determined by every circumstance or situation. By an act of our will, we must turn our lives over to Jesus Christ and allow Him to manage our person. We are not made perfect or whole by doing this, but this is the beginning of a dynamic relationship that grows us to respond to the demands of our Lord. Not only this, but we learn to live in a deeper fellowship with other Christians. 1 John 4:20 - "If anyone says, 'I love God' and hates his brother, he is a liar. We cannot say that we love God, whom we have not seen, if we do not love our brother whom we have seen."

The art of Christian living requires continual openness and honesty with our brothers, if this depth relationship is to be honest, claiming forgiveness and newness. To move toward wholeness in the Christian life, we serve others 'because Christ loves them just as He does us.' We need to discover how to serve them where we live an work. Jesus said, "Be the light of the world; and let your light shine so others will see your good works and praise/glorify your Father in heaven." (Matt 5: 14-16) See life as it is and discover the wholeness that is possible in Christ. We are called to "go out and live life with Him, not to go out and be good."

The Bible teaches many principles of "living a life that honors God". Remember the Gospel is GOOD NEWS. The Christian faith is not one of "prohibitions" as many would suggests. No, living under the leadership of the Holy Spirit always brings honor to our Lord. We must realize we are "free from the bondage of sin and shame; we are not controlled by the circumstances of life. We must rise above them and enjoy the abundant life in Christ because of the forgiveness of our sins that were nailed to the Cross. (Col 2:14).May the power of the Resurrected Lord be your guide in your life's journey. (1- Setting Men Free, Bruce Larson, page 19)

 

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