THE GOOD LIFE
“The Good Life” means different things to different people. To some, it means an accumulation of wealth and what wealth can buy. Others view power, position, and prestige as the measure of the Good Life. Then, there are some who consider, as I do, that three basic things comprise The Good Life – Faith, Family, and Favor. This is where I stand as I share this and other articles on this website.
I am convinced that FAITH needs to be the foundation of every other consideration in our life. First, faith in the God of the Bible – His eternal self-existence, His holiness, His mercy, His justness, power, wisdom and goodness.
Second, we must have faith in the Bible, its purpose, its promises its principles, and provisions. We need to have faith in Providence – that is, that God has a plan for each of our lives. The God of the Bible exists outside this time-space system of things. He is holy, but He delights in showing mercy to the penitent sinner who seeks Him by faith. (1 Peter 1.3) However, He is just and powerful, and will judge those who refuse His offering of reconciliation and forgiveness. (Heb 12.25) Since He is all-wise, He knows our needs better than we do, and in His goodness, He supplies on a daily basis the needs of those who trust Him. We know this because in His model prayer, He taught us to pray, “Give us this day, our daily bread.” (Matt. 5.11) Moreover, He is ever-present, ready to forgive, ready to help those who will come to Him by faith. He is, “…not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3.9) As the apostle John quotes the words of Jesus, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.” (John 5.24) We may be sure the Good Life will be characterized by a Focus on faith in God.
Second, the Good Life is based on faith in the Bible, God’s special revelation of Himself to mankind. He inspired holy men from Moses and the prophets, to the Lord and the apostles of the New Testament to write down the Scriptures, and His Providence has protected it and preserved it for men of every generation. This is treated this in another post entitled ‘The Authentication of the Bible.’
REMEMBERING HIS DEATH
Third, the Good Life is realized only through faith in the one and only Son of God, Jesus Christ. Mankind was alienated from God because of Adam’s sin. The apostle Paul explained, “For, as death passed upon all men through one man’s disobedience, so also by one Man’s (Christ’s) obedience many will be made righteous.” (Rom 5.19) Mankind was alienated from God because of Adam’s sin. Christ was Emmanuel, which means God with us. God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself. To Timothy, the apostle Paul wrote, “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.” (1 Tim 2.5) Again, the Good Life is realized only through faith in the one and only Son of God, Jesus Christ.
MARRIAGE & FAMILY
One of the standard forms that I have used in officiating at weddings includes: “Marriage is as old as the family of man. Our Creator, Himself, instituted it in the Garden. Emanating thus from a supreme authority, preceding all other social compacts, and authorized and guarded in both dispensations by civil and divine law, marriage cannot undergo change or pass away, but must remain the same and unalterable – the foundation of domestic happiness, social welfare, and civil government to the end of time. Wherever dishonored, the care and education of childhood is neglected, jealousy, alienation, and strife promoted, and society precipitated into anarchy and mutual antagonisms.”
Many of you reading this may remember hearing these words when you were about to say your vows. Marriage and the family are a Divine basis for experiencing the Good Life. The formula above reminds us of how basic it is both at home and in society! We do well to reflect upon its words on a regular basis.
IN FAVOR WITH GOD & MAN
As you began reading this article, you may have wondered how Favor fits into Focus on the Good Life. First, it fits because the Greek word (charis) translated favor, in numerous instances in Scripture, is the same word that is translated grace in many others. I desire the favor, the grace of God in my life. It enhances the Good Life, because by grace I am saved through faith. (Eph. 2.8) Through faith I have peace with God, and I am enabled to be at peace with others. Peace with God and men through God’s favor, His grace. We all need His favor, and He is extending it to us every day He allows us to live. His favor makes life worth living, not to mention how sharing His grace with others also means much to them.
Faith in God, the Bible, and Jesus Christ is the beginning and the end of Focusing on the Good Life. The institutions of marriage, the family and the Church are the staging areas where Good Life works out, and where they bring glory to the Eternal and loving God of the Bible. Also, a downloadable copy of my book, “Hear His Voice,” is available by clicking the highlighted phrase below.
This website is a labor of love, and an attempt to provide my readers, both now and in the future, a challenge to Focus On The Good Life.
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To a beautiful and fulfilling life,