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How to Get the Most Out of Life

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Sermon shared by Nelson Searcy

July 2007
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
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how do you discover the range of enjoyment so that you can get the most out of life. And listen, God wants you to enjoy life. As a matter of fact, our key verse for this entire series that we’re actually wrapping up today, has been Jeremiah, Chapter 29:11. For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you, not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future. What kind of plans does God have for you? God has good plans for you. God has plans to prosper you. Another way you could translate that is plans for you to enjoy. God wants you to enjoy this life. But sometimes, we get outside the range of enjoyment and we move into this area of discomfort. And many of you have thought that it’s not right for Christians to enjoy life. Some of us have bought into this weird view of God that says, God doesn’t want us to enjoy anything in life. And so not only do we not buy into this range of enjoyment that I’m talking about, we believe that it’s not even possible for Christians to enjoy life. And thus, we settle for a life that is less than what God created us to live. Well, today, I want you to rediscover Christian hedonism. And I want you to learn how to live your life in a way that you can have maximum enjoyment. To learn to live in the range of enjoyment that God created you for.

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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