Discipleship

Life to the fullest: a Biblical perspective

Mountaintop. Photo credit: flickr.com

Mountaintop. Photo credit: flickr.com

Do you feel exhausted, lost, burned out, and miserable and have no idea why you are feeling that way?

Are you overworked, over stressed, overloaded with schedules you can’t barely keep, overwhelmed with targets you can’t deliver, or, probably over-medicating yourself by drinking more than what was the required dosage?

You can go on for a while but at a certain point, you will either break or have a nervous breakdown. Not much of a choice. At any case, the above descriptions are clearly a symptom of a drained and empty life. It’s awfully miserable but there is nothing you can do to keep you from spiraling down that empty void.

Well, I have good news for you. It is possible to change it. First, let’s understand what the Bible says about it.

In John 10:10 we find Christ himself speaking to His disciples, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” NIV

The thief – aside from stealing – also kills and destroys in order to complete his devious plan. He shows no mercy, no consideration. He only wants to destroy people’s lives, steal their joy and happiness. To achieve his purpose, the enemy uses a variety of distractions to make people forget the things that truly matter.

Jesus, on the other hand, comes so that we may have life and have it abundantly. The pulpit commentary describes this life as something “more even than they can possibly use” and “an abundance of supply beyond immediate possibility of use”. It is a kind of life that has secured the future in its arms; in fact Christ came to bring life to those who are “dead in their sins” and to those who are in their graves”.

Thankfully for us who are still alive today, there is still a chance to overcome our misery. Let us take a moment to examine our lives and ask ourselves a few questions: Am I so busy that I have no time praying? Am I so busy that I have no time going to the church? Am I so busy that I have no time studying God’s word? Am I so busy that I have no time left for my family? When was the last time that we had a down-to-earth, heart-to-hearth talk with our kids?

When we are overwhelmed, it’s easy to lose focus. And before we knew it, we are already damaging our body, our mind, our emotions, our relationships, and even our finances.

We can’t be filled unless the holes and the fractured “bones” in our lives are fixed. The holes represent the worries we have in this world and it includes the deceitfulness of wealth and materialism. It usually starts with one small hole and as we worry, we become more frantic in finding a quick fix. And pretty soon, we are worrying about many things that are probably insignificant. The more you worry, the more holes you inflict on yourself, the faster you become drain and empty.

The fractures represent “broken” relationships: friendships, family, colleagues at work, etc. It’s difficult if not outright painful to function properly when you have a fracture. A misstep could severely make the breakage worse, making it terribly more painful and harder to set and heal. The same can be said about relationships. A small crack in the relationship, if not tended on time, would become a huge fissure and by the time we start to take action, the gap is already too wide to fix. That’s the dynamics of relationship that we cannot ignore.

These are the things that makes life complicated and robs us of our joy and prevents us from enjoying the fellowship with God. To be in the presence of God is an inheritance that we have lost once but we have regained through the vicarious sacrifice of Christ. This is the thing that truly matters (Matthew 6:13).

If you feel that you are on the wrong job with the wrong boss and the wrong company, be cautious how you act; don’t jump instinctively out of the window: that’s financial suicide. You need to prayerfully seek God’s will for that. Giving in to frustrations will not help you navigate this complex jungle called corporate world. The fact is there’s so much at stake, more than we hate to admit.

When you are on the verge of losing control, sometimes it is better to stop in the middle of an unfinished tasks and cluttered work table and chaotic household chores and take a time to pray. Prayer is the most important thing that a man can do. Jesus has shown us an example in the Bible: “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed”. Mark 1:35 NIV Christ knew that the daily pressure is just too much and that is why He needed time to pray. Being at peace with God and with others will not only repair the holes and heal the fractures, it will also help us see a clearer picture of what kind of life God wants us to live.

Today, if you feel your life is empty, why not reach out to God? Drugs, over shopping (and over spending), having an affair, and material things are not the answer. Only God can fill us. God’s presence in our lives changes everything. “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?” Mark 8:36 NASB

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