Summary: key essentials for living my best life
Valley Church NOTES - 10/22/2000
Living My Best Life - Part 1
Essentials of My Best Life
Pastor Bill Jewett
Many of us don't live like we know how live:
o We have to learn as we go
o We pick up negative ways of coping with life
o We get angry at the wrong times
o We worry about things that don't really matter
o We handle relationships poorly and wonder why we can't get along with others and can't figure out why we don't have many close friends
o Countless people get involved with drugs and alcohol because they lack a sense of purpose in their lives
Jesus teaches us what is important (Matthew 22:36-40). I've appreciated the person who asked the question of Matthew 22:36: "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?
Jesus answered, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.' This is the first and most important command. And the second command is like the first: 'Love your neighbor as you love yourself.' All the Law and the writings of the prophets hang on these two commands." (Mat 22:36-40 NCV)
FOUR ESSENTIALS TO LIVING MY BEST LIFE
1. Christ - My Eternal Source of POWER & SECURITY
One New Year's Day, in the Tournament of Roses parade, a beautiful float suddenly sputtered and quit. It was out of gas. The whole parade was held up until someone could get a can of gas. The amusing thing was this float represented the Standard Oil Company. With its vast oil resources, its truck was out of gas.
Often, Christians neglect their spiritual maintenance, and though they are "clothed with power" (Luke 24:49) find themselves out of gas.
In a seminary missions class, Herbert Jackson told how, as a new missionary, he was assigned a car that would not start without a push. After pondering his problem, he devised a plan. He went to the school near his home, got permission to take some children out of class, and had them push his car off. As he made his rounds, he would either park on a hill or leave the engine running. He used this ingenious procedure for two years.
Ill health forced the Jackson family to leave, and a new missionary came to that station. When Jackson proudly began to explain his arrangement for getting the car started, the new man began looking under the hood. Before the explanation was complete, the new missionary interrupted, "Why, Dr. Jackson, I believe the only trouble is this loose cable." He gave the cable a twist, stepped into the car, pushed the switch, and to Jackson's astonishment, the engine roared to life. For two years needless trouble had become routine. The power was there all the time. Only a loose connection kept Jackson from putting that power to work.
J.B. Phillips paraphrases Ephesians l: 19-20, "How tremendous is the power available to us who believe in God." When we make firm our connection with God, his life and power flow through us.
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
-- Benjamin Franklin.
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