People value independence and self-reliance and oppose others meddling in their lives and interests. When Google officially started in 1998, it received 9800 searchers per day for answers, information, and advice. In 2012, it received 3 trillion search requests. So, someone, somewhere gets told what to do with his or her life. No one is self-sufficient; everyone relies on others.
All of us want to enjoy life and be happy. We each want to go or end up somewhere special. Christians try to work out answers to life, in terms of their beliefs and practises of the faith. This is a lifelong quest. There is, or should be a readiness for God to work on us over a lifetime, and move on our wills – to make us willing and able, to do what he would have us do.
Obviously, people who do not believe in the existence of a deity or deities, or who see themselves as self-sufficient gods in their own right, will make their decisions about what to do, without any reference to God.
To hear or listen to instructions and then to follow them, without reluctance, upsets our natural bias to please oneself. Even children of all ages, challenge the dictates, wisdom, or wishes of parents. What is it about human nature generally, that puts relationship at risk in this way?
Is it rebellion, arrogance, or lawlessness? I think that at the root is a sense of self-importance that resists voluntary submission to the will of, and authority due to another. The kind of obedience and humility suggested here does not mean you become a wimp. Jesus was meek of spirit, yet he chased the money-changers out of the temple; and he always put the will of God first. He lived to please God.
This generation looks for the outcome of a process before they even consider embarking on it. They want to know the most important or fundamental aspect of a religion before they try it. They want to know the relevance of believing in God for the most appropriate solutions to life’s challenges, issues, and problems. Albert Einstein said, “When the solution is simple, God is answering”.
Well, in the simple, final analysis, all the answers lie in three connected godly pursuits. Firstly, to love the Lord your God with all your heart soul and mind, and to love your neighbour as you love yourself. Secondly, to practice faith, hope, and love – these are the only lasting virtues after other spiritual expressions vanish. Stacked with these is the third way to a life peace and satisfaction; the ongoing quest to make your will subject to God’s will.
Like any voyage of discovery or real journey in life, you need directions. Don Williams, Jr. the American novelist and poet said, “The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.”
Life’s journey goes well when you adopt the three connected godly pursuits mentioned earlier. Refer to the bible and the words of Jesus regularly along the way, for further detailed directions to the right place. May God prosper your journey!
Mike is the Founding Pastor of Oasis of the Lord. You can follow his blog http://mikeabel.blog.co.nz/ on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/WiseForLife?ref=hl and Twitter https://twitter.com/OasisName
This article by Mike Abel appears in My Christian Daily and is reproduced with acknowledgement and appreciation.