Living Well? By Whose Standard?

Psalm 90.12 asks God, Oh! Teach us to live well! Teach us to live wisely and well! Come back, GOD —how long do we have to wait?

What does it mean to live well? Man would define it by money enough to do as you please. To buy the things you need and want. To go to the places you desire. To do the things you want to do. Living well means freedom to have and do whatever you desire. To live well one must have money, a lot of money.

While most of us compromise, we don’t have or do all we want, we would still say we live well. We still have many things and we travel regularly to nice places. All of this though is measured in the short span of 80 or 90 years, if all goes well. Then we face God.

God will then base our eternal destiny upon His definition of living well. If we live well by His definition we shall live forever with Him. If we choose poorly then we shall live away from Him forever in suffering and torment with all those who did likewise including the angels who rebelled against Him.

We have this naive view that if we believe in God we have pleased God. The demons, former angels, believe but stand condemned. The issue is obedience, the doing of God’s will which demonstrates love for God which is the first commandment of God. Living well from God’s perspective, is living in right relationship with God the Father through God the Son empowered by God the Spirit.

This relationship is based upon faith in the mercy and grace of God demonstrated through the Son of God which causes us to do the works of God by the power of the Spirit of God. Without Him we can do nothing, we cannot truly live well, but in Him we will bear much fruit, we will live eternally well.

The work of God is the coming to the knowledge of Him, in Jesus the Savior, through the witness of His people who doggedly pray, serve, love and testify to the world, that God loves them and has come to us to rescue us from sin and death.

To live well is to give our best time, talent and treasure to seeing His kingdom come and His will being done on earth as it is in heaven.

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