The Christian Life Works

W. Terry Varner
January 31, 2016

Jesus said: “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10, ESV). The life Jesus came to bring is Christianity or the Christian life. Another passage I have always enjoyed is: “Herein was the love of God manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world that we might live through Him” (1 John 4:9).

Too many miss the blessings of life by depending on the circumstances rather than planning and doing as Jesus wants us to do. The Christian life really works, but we must be willing to try to live as Jesus asks. Jesus made a promise in John 10:10. The Bible is full of promises. Some claim there are over 7,000 promises in the Bible. If so, then God has something good in the life He calls us to live. “For I will set Mine eyes upon them for good . . . and I will build them up and plant them” (Jer. 24:6). Some keys to the Christian life.

Laugh a little. With all of life’s problems and serious moments, being able to laugh and be happy is good for us. Solomon wrote: “A glad heart makes a cheerful countenance; but by the sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken” (Prov. 15:13). “But he that is of a cheerful heart has a continual feast” (Prov. 15:15). “A cheerful heart is a good medicine; but a broken spirit dries up the bones” (Prov. 17:22).

Smell the flowers. All are busy and all live a fast-paced life. In fact, most of us are so busy we do not even see the flowers let alone smell them. The Bible urges us to slow down, take some time, and LIVE. “Fear you not, stand still, and see the salvation of Jehovah, which He will work for you today” (Ex. 14:13). God saicf to Job, “O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God” (Job 37:14). David reminds us, “Be still, and know that I am God” (Ps. 46:10). Learn to smell the flowers that way you will see them.

Find something you like to do. Life at its longest is short. It is a pity to waste one’s life on something you do not enjoy. It is not sinful to take a break from life’s busy ways and enjoy something on the side. Some have hobbies. Some do not. I have read so many times men who had no hobbies say that if they could live life over again they would have a hobby. Solomon gives wise admonition to living life: “Whatsoever your hand finds to do, do it with your might” (Eccl. 9:10). We need to really enjoy the things of life, but especially enjoy living the Christian life.

Set some goals. Our God keeps life exciting by urging the child of God to keep his eye on the goal of heaven. That we must do. We need both spiritual goals and other life goals. They are so intertwined in life and therefore difficult to separate. When setting goals we need to ask, “Will the goal honor God?” “Will the goal help me and others?” “Do my goals meet some deep need in life?” “When they are fulfilled, has my life been enriched or impoverished?” Paul knew the need of goals. One of his goals was, “For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, to the end you may be established” (Rom. 1:11).

Set your attitude on positive. You cannot always be positive—Jesus and others were not. BUT, our attitude for the most part should be positive. “Keep your heart with all diligence for out of it are the issues of life” (Prov. 4:23). Dr. Albert Bandura, Stanford University, said: “The way you talk, walk, and perform, treat others, even the way you sleep, reflects your state of mind.”