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Living the Good Life in 2018

"Living the Good Life"
Day Ten: John 10:10 "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and they they may have it more abundantly."

Most of us want to live what the world calls "the good life." Many of us have been conditioned by our society to believe that the good life consists of getting all that you can get. Some equate the good life to chasing the American dream of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Don't get it twisted: God's Word teaches us that the joy of abundant living does not come from getting as much as it comes from giving oneself completely to God and to others. The good life is not measured by how long one lives. The good life is not predicated on one's level of comfort and ease. The good life begins in the heart and not in the checkbook.

In the 10th chapter of the Gospel of John, Jesus lays out for us a perfect illustration of what it means to live the good life. Jesus paints for us a portrait of Himself as "The Good Shepherd". This selfie of the Savior demonstrates the manner in which He gives His life for the sheep so that they might experience life and life more abundantly. In New Testament times, sheep pens had only a singe gate, but it was not a swing gate like we would think of today, it was just an opening. The shepherd slept in the opening, thus his own body became the gate. The shepherd was the protector and keeper of the sheep. All of the needs of the sheep were met by the shepherd which explains how David could say in the 23rd Psalm, "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want!" While thieves and robbers have come to steal, kill, and destroy the sheep, we have a Chief Shepherd named Jesus that has come that we might experience the good life.

What is the good life? 

It's a "saved" life! The real joy of life comes from knowing and accepting Jesus the Christ as personal Lord and Savior.  Just knowing that we're saved by God's grace is great consolation in the midst of a world of evil. We can sing the old hymn of the Church: "Saved by His power divine, saved to a new life sublime; life now is sweet and my joy is complete; because I'm saved, saved, saved!"

It's a "settled" life! The Greek word for this "good life" which Jesus speaks of in John 10:10 is "zoe" which means the state of one who's possessed of vitality and the absolute fullness of God; a life that is real and genuinely devoted to God. This is the quality of life that provides a state of stability or permanence that does not come from man, money, or material possessions. This is life of peace and contentment. It's a life that does not focus solely on what we do not have, but rather what we do have. (Read Philippians 4:11). In 2018, let us learn to be more thankful and do less complaining because remember there's always someone in worse shape than you.

It's a "satisfied" life! Jesus said that He has come that we would have life (zoe) and that more abundantly (perissos). The abundant life is a life that is so satisfying because it takes us above, beyond, and over anything that we can ever imagine or think!  It causes us to live in a "season of surplus" in every aspect of our lives. As the sheep of His pasture, we not only have the promise that all of our needs will be met, but the Word declares that we even have the desires of our heart--as we delight ourselves in Him! (Psalm 37:4) Praise God that there truly is no God like unto our God! As long as we are in Him--He is the good life! (Acts 17:28)
Devotional Song
"It's All God!"
I've got money in the bank, cars in the drive way
I've got a house I can claim, clothes in my closet
I've got a bed for my head, shoes for my feet
I've got breath in my body and if I was just anybody
i'd say it's all good, but I know better it's all God
But I know better it's all God

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