A Good Life

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[Jesus said,] “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.” [Matthew 7:24-25]

What makes a good car? One that can handle everything you throw at it. What makes a good house? One that can endure all the weather and strain you put on it. What makes good clothing? Clothes that can stand up to the wear and tear of your lifestyle. What makes a good life? One that….

Seriously, what makes a good life, if it isn’t one that can handle the wind and the rain and the pain of everything that comes our way? That’s exactly what a good life is. That’s exactly what a good faith system is: one that can take the strain and stress of being human. 

Our world today cannot handle the pain and trials of life. We need quick fixes, self-justification. We need easy solutions and good customer service. We need to be able to return what we don’t want- and get refunded for it. We get unhinged when our favorite political candidate doesn’t win. We start thinking about how we can legislate the good life rather than do the hard work of living one. I’m afraid we’ve lost the art of a life that can handle the storms.

Jesus made it clear: there’s only one way to a good life. It isn’t by judging others. It isn’t by demanding your rights. It isn’t merely calling on the name of the Lord. A good life is built on the Rock of God’s Word and daily holds up under the wind and keeps out the flood. 

A good life doesn’t keep evil away. A good life has a way of dealing with evil. A good life isn’t following a how-to program. A good life is following Jesus. We can talk for quite awhile on what’s good- after all, the first sin was wanting to know good and evil for ourselves! Jesus is calling us to follow him into a good life. 

He has done the hard work. Jesus has laid the foundation by rolling away the stone from his tomb. We have the foundation of eternal life and resurrection hope. And that guides us every day as we follow Jesus through the storms and winds and waves that come our way. 

You aren’t going it alone. Jesus has already traveled this way. And he assures you that you can have a good life, too, not found in fickle feelings or passing possession, but in following him and praising God.

Prayer: Dear Holy Spirit, build us up on the solid rock of Jesus’ resurrection. Work in us all good: peace, patience, kindness, love, joy. Point us always to the love and forgiveness of God, and guide us in the good way of everlasting life. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.

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