My Best Life Now

Bob Bevington
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My Best Life Now | May 8th, 2013

My Best Life Now

PurposeLately I’ve been re-evaluating my life. What I do. Why I do it.

It’s amazing sometimes how a simple blog post can bring clarity. Like this one from TheBlazingCenter. I shortened it so you could read it in less than a minute.

It starts off by challenging us to complete the second half of a verse. This sets us up perfectly to see what life is (and isn’t) all about.

Complete 1 Thessalonians 1:9b  How you turned to God from idols to…

  1. Have your best life now.
  2. Develop yourself to your full potential.
  3. Make a name for yourself.
  4. Find the love of your life.
  5. Make a difference in the world.
  6. Get your act together.
  7. Do great things.
  8. Serve the living and true God.

If you chose the last one you were correct.

Let me put the whole verse together:   . . . how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God

This is what the Christian life is all about – serving the living and true God. It doesn’t matter how we serve him. We may serve him in large ways or small ways. That’s up to him. But the point is is we are to live to serve God. Whether our lives improve or not. Whether we find success in this world or not. It’s not about success. It’s not about personal fulfillment. It’s about serving the living and true God.

In fact at times our lives will not “improve”. They will get harder. We will be persecuted. We’ll suffer trials of various kinds. But that doesn’t matter as long as we are serving the living and true God.

At times it won’t seem worth it in this life (though it always is). But it will definitely be worth it in the next life.

Years ago I heard someone preach a message on this passage:

For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep… Acts 13:36

The preacher said this is what it’s all about – to serve God’s purpose in our generation. Not our own purposes, not our own ambitions, but God’s purpose. This really affected me as a young believer and I wanted to do this.

David served the purpose of God in his own generation and fell asleep. Wouldn’t it be great if people said that about you at your funeral? “She served the purpose of God in her generation.” Wouldn’t that be great to have on your tombstone? “He served the purpose of God in his generation.”

***Postscript from Bob:   After I finished reading this I went back through 1-7 and renounced them one-by-one. Very freeing. I hope it sticks! Then I re-committed myself to #8. I don’t want to turn away from one idol to another one!

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  • Darleen Grimsley

    When we come to know Christ and Him crucified we now serve Him and serve Him. In the now generation there is so much to idol worship. The world throws at us constantly. As long as we stay reminded that we serve God and only God by reading his Word and in constant prayer we will stay away from those worldly idols. As the old hymn says. I serve a risen Saviour.

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