Want the Good Life? It is Only Found in Christ Jesus

Ken Conner, Chairman of the Center for a Just Society, wrote a November 28, 2010, article titled, “The good life is found in Jesus Christ”; discussing the culture’s ideas on what “the good life” is, namely feeling good, looking good and having lots of stuff, he said:

“There’s only one problem with this portrayal of the good life: It’s not enough. It’s never enough. It’s like drinking salt water – the more you drink, the thirstier you get.”

You know this is true; how many really rich & popular celebrities & politicians have we seen that soon crash and burn. Ken accurately continues:

Despite the fact that we live in the freest country in the world – a land of unprecedented opportunities, liberties and advantages – study after study reveals that the more American’s have, the less fulfilled and content we actually feel.”

This truth is due to the fact that one’s roots are not in God’s limitless rainforest of true nourishment. The good life is in fact found in Jesus Christ, not in the world. This is why Paul can sing in prison after being beaten and stoned (Acts 16:25), and how Christians can praise God in the face of harsh persecution and death; persecutions are happening all around the world this very day. We should take note of Paul’s guidance as he tells us today how we should live:

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:1-2 ESV)

 

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