The start of a new year is the traditional time that we take inventory of our life and resolve to do better. Perhaps you have set some noble goals for 2014 that will improve your life.
God wants you to have the best life possible, not only by spending eternity with him in heaven, but also while you are here on Earth. In John 10:10, Jesus said, “I come that thy might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” God wants you to enjoy the life he has given you.
If you look around at others you may see many people struggling with emotional, physical and spiritual problems. You might be one of them.
Surprisingly, some who are struggling appear to have all this life has to offer. Yet, they are unhappy and lead an unfulfilled life. Possessions and riches bring them contentment or purpose.
What good is it to have all life offers if we lose our soul? In Matthew 16:26 Jesus wrote: “For what shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul.”
How then can we have a life worth living? It begins with a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as your lord and savior. With our sins removed, we place our self into a relationship that allows God to bless us. God will not bless sin.
There is more if we want God’s favor in 2014. After salvation, some Christians live as though God doesn’t exist. It is impossible to willfully disobey God and expect God to bless you. Consider basic Christian responsibility in these areas of our life:
In 2 Corinthians 10:7, the Apostle Paul wrote, “God loveth a cheerful giver.” When we give with the right attitude and for the right reason, God will bless us.
We all want a better year than last year. That is human nature. A better year is possible if we give God first place in or life.
Having purpose and God’s blessing doesn’t mean that everything will be all right from a human point of view. It mean that God will be with you as you travel this life’s journey.
Christians have the opportunity to see God work in a remarkable way. Obedient Christians live a victorious life in Christ. Then when this earthly life is over, we can see the true value of living for God for all eternity. God has promised living for him will be worth it.