WHAT IS THE GOOD LIFE?
Is it being rich, powerful or influential? Is it being popular, famous or celebrated? The answer will vary from person to person depending on what that individual values and desires. For most people, the ‘good life’ would simply be moving to the next level from where they are currently at. Whilst for others, ‘the good life’ would be getting whatever they want whenever they want.
As a natural person, its not difficult to see the appeal of having things our way all the time. That is because we naturally assume that we always know what is best for us; but the reality is that we don’t! Proverbs 14:12 says that “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.”. – Yes, it is possible believe that what we are doing is right only to find that it ends in death. The death may not be physical, but it could mean death in your business, your marriage or in some other important area of your life.
THE LIFE GOD GIVES
If God is good, and we know that He is; then naturally, the good life would have to be the life that He gives us! A life that is lived according to His will and desires and not our own. Thankfully the bible makes is abundantly clear what that will and desire is.
“Beloved I wish above all things that you prosper and be in good health as your soul prospers’.(3 JOHN 1:2). Proverbs 10:22 says that ‘The blessing of the Lord makes rich and He adds no sorrow to it’. Romans 14:17 teaches us that ‘The Kingdom of God is righteousness peace and joy in the Holy Ghost’, Jesus said that is was the Father’s good pleasure to give us the Kingdom. WOW! That sure does sound like the good life to me.
It is God’s will for us to prosper in our souls, in our bodies and as well as in every other area of our lives. How then do we walk in this ‘good life’, the supernatural, abundant life that He promised us is John 10:10?
TWO KEYS TO THE GOOD LIFE
The first and foremost way to enjoy the ‘good life’ is to be born again. (See John 3). However, the two keys that I would like to share with you today are found in Isiah 1:19.
‘If you are willing and obedient you will eat the good of the Land’
1. Be Willing!
To be willing means to submit your will to God’s will, it means to consent to His ways, to yield and accept, as well as to desire what God desires. To be willing is to be pliable in the hands of God, accepting that He is the Potter and we are the clay. (see Isiah 64:8).
Submitting ourselves to the master potter will mean Him bringing out a masterpiece through our lives.
The word obedient comes from the Hebrew word ‘shama’ which literally means to hear, listen and obey. In other words it means to put action into what we believe the Lord is saying.
There are some who are willing, but they never act. Thus they short-circuit the full experience of the Kingdom Life.
Let us come to the realization that the good life is not getting our own way all the time and having every material object we desire. The good life is the life that God gives us in Jesus Christ. That is the truly good life that brings both internal and external blessings with it. It comes fully loaded! And two keys to enjoying the good life are being willing and obedient.
May you come to enjoy the inexhaustible benefits of the Kingdom Life.
Much love to all!
Marlon R Oliver