Your Best Life Then

Posted on Mar 23, 2012 | 0 comments


“Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years. Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the LORD your God disciplines you.” (Deuteronomy 8:2-5)

I’ve been struck with this passage lately. The Lord is primarily not interested in my comfort in the moment. He is after a heart that will trust Him in the midst of testing. Trust in the midst of His discipline. A heart that will be tender and humble no matter the context so that when He returns I will be with Him and not offended. Lately I have been in an internal battle of wanting to have more stuff, a nicer home for my family, a better paying job, etc. The American dream is so enticing to me and so easily takes my attention and focus. Looking around at what I don’t have. I allow myself to be drawn in by media that feeds this in my heart. I so easily forget the point. To live my best life now is not about having all the stuff I think I want or even being satisfied with the many blessings that I do have. It’s about following Jesus daily. To hear His voice. To respond. To obey. To pick up my cross daily, following His example of doing only what the Father did and going all the way in that obedience. Even to the death.

“Then he (Jesus) said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?” (Luke 9:23-25)

All my gain in this age is easily counted as loss when it is put in context to the surpassing wealth of knowing Jesus and being included in the Resurrection when He returns. Oh that I would die a little more today to my selfishness. Die a little more to the pull to do things to ensure I have a good name before man. Die a little more to the pull to acquire stuff that will not gain me entrance into the age to come. Oh to be faithful to the end. Following in the footsteps of Jesus. Even to the death.

“But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.” (Philippians 3:7-11)

There is nothing in me that desires to die for the sake of Jesus, to suffer loss in this age. Only the Holy Spirit in me who points me to the age to come puts this desire in me. Holy Spirit, You are the deposit of the Resurrection living on the inside of me. I need you, Holy Spirit. Every minute of every day I need you. Help me today, Holy Spirit.

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