How to Get the Most Out of Life
Sermon shared by Nelson Searcy
Summary: In all of your life, what you’re trying to do is move out of immaturity and move into this level of maturity where you understand the enjoyment God created you to have.
Audience: General adults
Now, I’ve given you a little philosophy lesson on hedonism. Let me give you a little theology lesson on creationism. And you know the story in the Old Testament book of Genesis is about how God created humans. And the first man that was created was Adam and the first woman that was created was Eve and God placed them in a garden and it was really a Garden of Eden. I mean, it was a place of pleasure. They were in the zone of pleasure everyday and every minute of their life when they were in the garden. But God put a limit on that. And he said, if you want to move out of this area of pleasure, into this area of discomfort, then go ahead and eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Well, humans, like always, tend to push themselves toward excessiveness and so they eventually did eat of the tree of the garden of good and evil—in the garden of good—they ate of the tree of good and evil and they were removed from the garden. And we, you and I, live metaphorically, today, outside of the garden. We no longer live in the zone every minute, every hour, everyday of our life in the zone of pleasure that God created us to live in, this zone of enjoyment—for those of you who feel a little uncomfortable with the word pleasure—we no longer live there everyday of our lives. We’re outside of the garden. And so it’s easy for us to live less than what God wants for us. It’s easier for us to fall over into this zone of secular hedonism and get more and achieve the discomfort that God doesn’t us to experience. But did you know that it is possible even living outside the garden, to live all of your life in the zone? To live in this area where you get the maximum pleasure that God has for you. As a matter of fact, many of the commands of scripture are put in scripture to push you back into that zone.
You see, we get over here into this comfort. We get over into settling for less than something but a lot of the commands of scripture are there so that you can stay in that zone. Why? Because God has good plans
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