In my previous blog, I featured seven principles that I believed to be nonnegotiably and powerfully true when put into faithful application. However, there is a deeper and more meaningful truth behind those principles. Some people may not entirely be in agreement with these precepts but the hard fact remains the same–the authenticity of some things is not correlated to one’s opinions.
The world may have wept upon losing Chester Bennington, it is just proper to do so. But the truth is he is hardly a good man.
None of us is ever good, not in every sense of the word. Jesus said, “Why do you call me good? Only God is good.”
Dear friends, behold, the absolute truths to truly living a fulfilled life:
1. Your life matters but how you matter doesn’t depend on YOU, it depends on GOD.
The one who gives meaning and the Only One who could give meaning to your life is Jesus Christ. Our God is omniscient. He knows all things. He does not need to know anything more because all wisdom and knowledge stem from Him. And He does not need to learn anything because learning implies change. God is immutable.
Since God is an all-knowing God, He is Only Being who is capable of giving meaning to your life because He knows you fully. He is the one who created you. He knows you even better than you know yourself. In fact, you will never know yourself apart from Him knowing you.
With this truth, “Your life matters but how you matter doesn’t depend on other people, it depends on Jesus Christ” – who saved you and (who could save you). Christ leads us to God so we would know who we really are–our purpose that comes from knowing His very purpose for us. And the more we know Him, the more we see the meaning and value of our existence.
The most wasted life is the life spent apart from the true knowledge of God.
2. You are not perfect but YOU WILL BE PERFECT.
Without knowing Christ, it is still possible to change – but for the worst.
“For we are His workmanship, created IN CHRIST JESUS for GOOD WORKS, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” -Ephesians. 2:10
True knowledge of God which could only be ours through a genuine relationship with Him and an experiential knowledge of Him, leads us to pursuing what is good. And God promised that those and only those who are His’ will be changed from glory to glory.
If we are in Christ, and only if we are in Christ could change be possible. In Him even, perfection is attainable in the end. That’s the point of our existence – daily surrendering to the Lord until we become more and more like Jesus. Yes, it is perfectly right to say that you will never be perfect–on our own.
Your own effort will not work. It never will, trust me. Even the strongest of your will and intention will never be enough to overcome the evil that is within you. You may try to change, but if ypu do so without God’s abounding grace, you will always end up frustrated. You will never be able to pursue the right thing, by your own strength.
For God is working in you, giving you the DESIRE and the POWER to do what pleases him. ~ Philippians 2:13
I love how Paul used those words. It gives me hope. The desire to change comes from the Lord. The power to change comes from the Lord. So change is possible. To change for the better is possible. To be perfect one day is possible.
“He who began a good work in you will be faithful to COMPLETE it until the day of Christ.” ~ Phil. 1:6
3. The most powerful enemy you need to overcome is yourself.
Many of us have been lured into believing the lie that Satan and the world is the greatest enemy. While we do not disregard what Satan can do, and indeed he has the power to scatter seeds of death and destruction, we cannot continually use the devil as an excuse for our temptation. You know why? Because we are empowered to defeat and overcome evil. Greater is He Who is in you, than he who is in the world. -1 John 4:4
“…but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin. For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. ~ Rom. 7:14-15
The greater enemy is the self. And that is because of our heart–“it is deceitful above all; who can teach it?”
Do we even realize how deadly it is to follow our hearts? Yet the world tells us to do so.
When the Spirit led Jesus to the wilderness to be tempted by Satan, Satan had introduced things to Jesus to persuade Him to sin against God. But Jesus responded with power and authority. He will not be tempted into believing Satan’s lies. Had Jesus been weak and did not trust God’s Spirit working in Him, had Jesus not submitted to the Word of God, His flesh would have failed.
No matter how strong the self-willed desires are, stronger even than the temptations of Satan, God alone will be the One who will give you the desire and the power to defeat the greater enemy which is the self. So don’t follow your heart. Follow the Lord who is able to change your heart. “When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone.
But each one is tempted when by his own evil desires he is lured away and enticed.” -James 1:13