I asked a few people this past week if they thought they were living the greatest life possible. Most said, “No.” A few said, “Yes.” I followed up by asking, “What does it take to live the greatest life possible?”
The answers I got were mostly a variation of the happiness theme. From the “no’s” it was:
- I am unhappy with my job.
- I am unhappy with my income.
- I am unhappy with my spouse/family.
From the “yes’s” it was:
- I am happy with my job.
- I am happy with my income.
- I am happy with my spouse/family.
You get the idea.
These answers are flat-out wrong! If you think for a minute that the greatest life possible derives from some measure of happiness brought on by a good job, a nice income, or even great in-laws you are in for a massive disappointment in life.
Good jobs can disappear overnight. And that great income? Poof! An unfaithful spouse? There goes your happiness and your great life.
The reality is, all these things can be taken away or disappear in your next breath. If you are relying on anyone or anything in this world for your happiness you will be disappointed.
The one and only way you can live the greatest life possible is to build your life on God and His Word.
Why? Because God designed us, He created us, He knows what is best for us, and He has promised that nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:35-39).
The Greatest Life Possible
So, if happiness is not a measure of a great life, what then, is the secret to living the greatest life possible?
Jesus told us exactly what it takes when he gave the disciples two commandments:
Jesus answered, “The most important [commandment] is…you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:29-31).
The first and most important element of living the greatest life possible is to love the Lord your God. This is what we are commanded to do.
But how do we do it?
Jesus told us how when He said, with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind, and all our strength.
- Our heart is the center of our emotional control center.
- Our soul is our will, our self-conscious life.
- Our mind is our thoughts and the way we think.
- Our strength is our bodily strength.
I don’t know about you, but whenever I think about whether I love God with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength, I feel ashamed because I could do so much better.
Love Your Neighbor
The second element for living the greatest life possible is to love our neighbors as ourselves.
Who is Jesus referring to when He says to love our neighbors? We know from Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:33-34) that everyone is our neighbor. We also learn from this parable that we limit our love because people are different than us or because of our fears.
Jesus taught how we are to love our neighbors when He said, “…love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another” (John 13:34).
Jesus loves everyone, and He loves us unconditionally. In this commandment, Jesus is telling us to love everyone, unconditionally just as He loves us. That includes people of the other political party, people who have a different worldview, even people who disagree with us and would do us harm. We are to love them all.
Nothing, said Jesus, is more important than to love God and love our neighbors as ourselves. That, folks, is how we can live the greatest life possible!
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As always, questions and comments are welcome. On a scale of 1-10 are you living the greatest life possible? If not, what do you need to change in your life?
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Category: Personal Development | Obedience to God