Get ready for one of the best summers ever! This year’s summer series is all about Getting the Most out of Life. But why? So often the life that we will is far beneath that life that God desires for us to have. We fall into our routines and become comfortable with the monotony. We begin to settle and are satisfied with the status quo. We wake up, go to work or school, come home, go to sleep, and do it all again tomorrow. It is easy to get used to an average life when God Himself came to give us abundant life. Why spend eight weeks on getting the most out of life?
God has called us to greater. We have been called to greater works (John 14:12), a greater love (John 13:34), we have access to greater gifts (1 Corinthians 12:31), all because we have a greater power (1 John 4:4). With all of the greatness of the God who indwells us, how can we be satisfied with less than greater?
Life is short. We are constantly reminded that our life on earth is only temporary. In Isaiah 40:7, our lives are compared to withering grass. James says that our life is like a puff of smoke that is and then is not (4:14). Since life is short, we should seek to do what we can while we can. Why waste a moment on things that don’t matter? Why be miserable when joy is available?
The gospel is too important. The gospel has the power to save. We can be a barrier to others obeying the gospel when it looks like those without Christ are better off than those of us in Christ. People don’t need the church for them to live miserable lives. They can do bad by themselves. When Christians live in the fullness of the life that is in Christ, others will want the life that we have. So pray bold prayers, dream impossible dreams, and for the sake of the gospel, get the most out of life!
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