By Joelle Brinkley
September 24, 2020
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There is a faulty mentality that has been pervasive in our society especially as of late. It is the idea that we can live our best lives here on Earth. We see it in magazines, hear it on the television, see it plastered on social media, and witness others trying to live out what they think is best for themselves. We begin to ask questions such as:
Should we try to live our best lives? Can we define what is best for us? Can we imagine what that even looks like? Does that look like all our bills are paid, our worries are few, and our hearts are always happy?
We know that happiness and always having proverbial wind in our sails have not been promised to us as we live in this fallen world. Paul asks us to look deeper when thinking about what our lives could look like in Ephesians when we place our lives in the hands of Jesus.
Ephesians 3:20-21 says that “now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
Did you catch the depth of this verse? Paul is saying that even if we could imagine our best lives that Jesus can imagine and fulfill even more. He is telling us that in Christ’s power that He can do a great work in us. This work is more than the limitations set on us by a society that defines success by bank accounts, number of followers, and acquiring your dream life on your own terms.
Friends, Christ did not die to fulfill all our wildest dreams on Earth. He died to save us from ourselves, to bring life everlasting, and to bring us into the fold of His Kingdom work to share His good news with others. I cannot think of any other way to live a ‘best life’ than to be rooted in Christ and learning to wait well for what He wants for us.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
— Isaiah 43:19
Prayer to start with: Lord, help us to see that living our best life is fickle. We are not here to live for ourselves but to live for you and your Kingdom. Please walk with us each day as we seek to follow you and place our trust in who you are and what you want to do in our lives. Everything you have for us is far beyond what we could ever wish or imagine. May we cling to the hope that is in you and root ourselves in your everlasting love. In Jesus name, Amen.