The Good Life- And How to Live It!
We all want the good life. But what is it? Is it purely a subjective thing? We all have our own ideas about what the good life is. The world runs after whatever they think will make them happy. They spend their lives chasing the good life.
But in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells us that the good life is a life that is built upon his word and seeks first his kingdom and his righteousness. It’s not about self-fulfillment, but self-sacrifice. The good life isn’t checking off every item on our bucket lists, it’s throwing our bucket lists away to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and trusting God to provide blessings along the way.
The good life is a fruitful life. It’s a life that is sown in self-sacrifice that reaps eternal rewards in the kingdom of God. It’s a blessed life. At least that’s what the writer of Psalm 1 says. He describes the blessed life as “a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in season.” Even through trials, “its leaf does not wither.” The good life is a life of prosperity - of fruitfulness in every season of life. The Psalmist says, “In all that he does, he prospers.” That sounds pretty good. We should all want that kind of life - a fruitful and prosperous life spent for the kingdom of God.
But how do we get that life? How do we build our lives upon the rock? How do we live long and prosper? By meditating on the word of God. The Psalmist says, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.” We often wonder how to get what is in our heads into our hearts and lives. And meditation is the key. At least that’s what God tells Joshua:
“This book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Josh 1:8).
Do you want a fruitful, prosperous, and successful life? Do you want grow in your ability to actually live out what you believe. Do you want to live in a manner that is consistent with the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ? Meditation is the key. I once heard a sermon on meditation from Psalm 1. It changed my life. The pastor described our daily Bible reading as popping a multivitamin into our mouths, but he went on to say that many of us simply spit it back out because we don’t meditate on what we just read. Meditating on the word is how we get the nutrients we need for growth. Do you want the good life? Take your multivitamin, and don’t spit it out. Take the time to digest it. Meditate on the word of God. We read the Bible so that we can meditate on it. Don’t stop short of the goal. We’ll continue to explore this more next week.