God wants you to love, laugh, and live well. Life is a gift from God, and we should respect it. Genesis 2:7 says, the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. God gives life, and He sent Jesus to give us life and life more abundantly. (John 10:10) Are you living the abundant life Jesus died to give you?
Life’s Main Purpose
Those who live life to the fullest understand the main purpose for their time on this earth. It’s not about making a lot of money, attaining fame or being a powerful influencer on social media. The most important thing you can do with your life is commit it entirely to Jesus. Jesus said, whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (Matthew 16:25-26)
Making a lot of money, gaining tremendous fame, or enjoying the best things this world offers amounts to nothing if you aren’t saved. The most important thing you can do is believe in your heart and confess with your mouth, “Jesus is the Son of God. He died on the cross for my sins and is risen from the dead.”
The second most important thing you can do with your life is share the first thing with everyone you know, love, and encounter. They need to know Jesus and receive His gift of salvation! Don’t put off telling them the truth about their eternal future.
We should value every encounter with others as an opportunity to share God’s love. Hebrews 3:15 reminds us that today could be the day for them to be free from sin and accept Jesus. It says, While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. Today might just be the day, so esteem every day as valuable!
Love Life, Love God
God wants you to love life! As a faith leader, it’s important to treat every moment on this earth as precious. Genesis 6:3 says we can believe God to live one hundred and twenty years. It says, and the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
One hundred and twenty seems like a long time to live in a physical body, and it is, but compared to eternity, it’s not even a blip on the radar screen of history. Life on this earth is brief. It moves quickly and every moment, every day, and every breath should be counted as a blessing. Life on this earth is short, but it gives us the opportunity to partake of eternal life as believers. 2 Corinthians 5:6-8 says, Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
So, the first step in living life to the fullest is to keep the first thing first: love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. (Matthew 22:37)
Cast Your Cares
To live life well here and now, after you’ve accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord, you’ve got to cast all your cares on Him. God did not design the human body to carry worry, anxiety, and stress, and that is why Peter wrote, Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. (1 Peter 5:6-7)
The word cares is merimna in Greek. It means care, concern, anxiety, and worry. Cast means let Jesus take it! Once Jesus has your concerns, don’t go back and pick them up again. Leave them with Him and let the Lord handle them!
Renew Your Mind and Control Your Mouth
Another thing that contributes to a life well lived is renewing your mind to line up with God’s Word. Romans 12:2 says, be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. If your mind is full of fear or doubt, it’s time to reprogram it by saying what God’s Word says. Discipline your mouth to speak only what agrees with God’s Word. For example, don’t moan and complain when you need to pay bills. Instead, rejoice, saying, my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)
As you renew your mind to God’s Word, control your mouth. Proverbs 18:21 says death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Think about how powerful your words are! When you spoke, believing in your heart, that Jesus is God’s Son who died on the cross and rose from the dead, you were saved! If words of faith can save you, they can also heal you, protect you, provide for you, and encourage you!
Finally, to live your life well, don’t think you know everything! Romans 12:3 says, for I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
Don’t take yourself too seriously! Learn to laugh! Find something to laugh about every day. Proverbs 17:22 says, A merry heart doeth good like a medicine. My doctor believes Proverbs 17:22, so he wrote me a prescription for ten belly laughs a day!
I suggest you try the same “medication.” Laugh, love, and live well!