But let's look at all this from the viewpoint of the Author of LIFE. He always has the final say about LIFE, especially a well life and the success that comes with it. First he said this:
Life does not consist in an abundance of possessions. [Luke 12]In another rendition, it says, "Life is not measured by how much you own." The moment you start measuring a well life with how much and how many is the time you start believing that life consists in the abundance of possessions. You think success is all about how much money, how many properties and how many applause you get. But Jesus had this to say:
What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight. [Luke 6]
A well life is really a simple and happy life. Jesus lived a very fruitful and successful life, and his was a very simple and happy one. Well, he was often persecuted and later crucified, but it was all part of the "fun." He explained that "Blessed or happy are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
As for those who live and crave for the applause of people, Jesus had this to say: "Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you, for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets," [Luke 6].
Actually, it isn't bad to have lots of money or properties or to receive praises from men, if it is God's will. The point is, these things shouldn't be our bases for success. Being rich and propertied and applauded do not really mean anything. It doesn't mean you have become better or smarter than others. These are all merely through the grace of God, and grace is something God gives so no one can boast. Grace is never by your own efforts. If you boast about it, then it's not God's grace. It is work (or effort) of the flesh.
I read somewhere about a guy who interviewed dying people in their death beds. Most of these folks lived a life too busy achieving this and that and they actually got a lot of awards and trophies for their efforts. But in their death beds, they all regretted of not having lived a full life. Some of them even felt wasting their whole lives pursuing vanities.
They missed what Christ called, an abundant life. He said, "I came that you may have LIFE and have it abundantly." And "abundantly" does not mean hurrying up here and there all your life trying to achieve milestones so people won't forget you when you're gone. It's not about accumulating as much money as you can on earth where moth and rust destroy.
So, how do you get a well life, one that is truly successful? If you learn to live the simple and happy LIFE of Jesus Christ. In practical terms, it means living life well in its various aspects---spiritually, physically, emotionally, intellectually, socially, and financially. It's not pursuing them as they are, but pursuing how Jesus treated them or lived them out.
For instance, Jesus had radical spirituality. He kept out of religion but enjoyed a high but practical spiritual life. Jesus never got sick and in fact promoted physical wellness. He had mature emotions and intellect. He found joy and happiness in simple things (like meekness: "Blessed or happy are the meek."). And he was well acquainted with Kingdom ways. He was socially balanced, and that meant a priority option for the poor-in-spirit. Financially, well, Jesus was not rich and yet he never had money issues. If you have this simple life, you live a well life.
Thus, this blog, "Choy's Cut" is about living a well life by discussing how the best things in life are simple. It helps readers simplify life and its aspects. It helps people rest and relax (something a lot of people have been depriving themselves of and have forgotten about) and re-learn the few things that really matter in life.
There's a world of difference between obedience and achievement. Achievement looks glamorous although you may not have obeyed anything God said. Obedience, said Jesus, is more done in secret. And the Father who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
And yes, true wellness really has a lot to do with obedience to God. And obedience triggers how God's promises in the bible will work for you, because wellness is really God's promises working for you. Here's how it all works! Click here to find out!
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