Last week we talked about how that Jesus came to this earth so that we, as His followers, could have eternal life and how we could also experience abundant life while we are on this earth.
We looked at three basic choices we must make as a way to experience this abundant life. First, we must choose Jesus as our Savior. Second, we must choose the Bible as our manual for daily living. Third, we must choose to start our day with the Lord.
Let’s look today at three more basic choices.
We must choose to lead our family to serve the Lord. It should be our desire for our families to have a personal relationship with the Lord and to be completely obedient to His instructions. If we are just “fitting” God in our schedule wherever it is convenient or we are just half-heartedly serving the Lord. then we are not experiencing the abundant life and we are leading our families down a path of destruction.
We have to make a deliberate choice to set the godly example of faithfully serving the Lord. The Bible speaks of parents teaching the children about serving the Lord. “And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. Deuteronomy 6:7”
We also need to remember that just as Jesus set the example for us, so should we set it for our families. “For I have given you an example that ye should do as I have done to you. John 13: 15.” So if we are to experience the abundant life we must make a choice to lead our families to serve the Lord.
We must choose to be faithful to the local church. Jesus chose to make the church His representative on the earth. We cannot truly have abundant life until we are an active part of a local church assembly. We are active when we attend faithfully, give to the ministry of the church our time, talents and treasures.
The Bible is plain about supporting the church by our attendance. “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Hebrews 10: 25.” The Bible also speaks of supporting the ministry through giving. “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house …. Malachi 3:10a,” so if we are to have abundant life while on earth we must be faithful to our local church.
We must choose to trust God for our future. The cliché that is so true: “We don’t know what tomorrow holds but we know who holds tomorrow.” Yet so often we live with such worries and concerns that we cannot enjoy the abundant life the Lord desires for us. We can truly trust the Lord with our lives because He is in complete control of all things.
Yes, there will be “storms of life” that we will all have to face but the Lord can take every situation both good and bad and work them for His good and His glory. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8: 28”
We can also trust Him when life on earth is over, we have a home awaiting us because we have placed our trust in Him. “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 Corinthians 5:1” When we make the choice to trust God with our future we can know the abundant life.
Let us be challenged to make these basic choices so we can experience the abundant life the Lord Jesus desires for all of His followers.
Rev. Tim Burton is minister of Flippin Memorial Baptist Church.