Best Life Forever in Christ

Best Life Forever in Christ

If I were to ask you what kind of life you’re living right now, can you honestly say that you are living your best life? If you are a believer in Christ, your answer has to be a definitive “YES.” That’s because the best life, that is, a meaningful, fulfilled and abundant life, is found only in the Lord Jesus Christ.

However, if your definition of the best life is having everything you want without having to lift a finger, a life free from all worries and troubles, or success in everything you venture in, then you may not agree with me that the best life is not found in anything else on earth but in Christ alone.

Heaven on Earth

Do you ever ask why God doesn’t just bless all of us, believer or not, with all the material and spiritual blessings while we are still here on this earth? Imagine not having to work at all for our food and for our comfort. We will all have good health, all our needs and wants are provided, there’s no evil and no wickedness.

That way, we will all be happy and say, “Wow, this is heaven on earth!” Isn’t this what we all want? Who does not want a comfortable life wherein everything we want and desire can be ours in just a snap of a finger? You know what; this was God’s original design.

Going back to the day of creation, God prepared everything in the Garden of Eden before putting the man He had formed there. In other words, Adam did not have to worry about anything. The only task given to him by God was to tend and keep it (Genesis 2:8-9, 15).

Living Your Best Life - Heaven on Earth

Later on, when God created every beast of the field and every bird of the air, He brought them to Adam and told him to name them and he did. So whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name (Genesis 2:19-20).

So you see, Adam and Eve were enjoying heaven on earth in the Garden of Eden and were enjoying daily fellowship with God. The Bible says God would come down every day to meet with them in the Garden. Clearly, God and man used to have a very close, intimate relationship.

That relationship was immediately cut off the moment they deliberately chose to disobey God’s command not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil as a result of the devil’s cunning schemes. (Read Genesis 3:1-24.)

Satan’s Rebellion Against God

We cannot totally blame the devil for deceiving Adam and Eve into disobeying God and we are not to come up with any excuses for them. God gave them the command and they sure were given the freedom to obey or disobey. Unfortunately, they chose the latter.

But that was only the beginning of the devil’s deceptive tactics in order to drive man away from God and will continue to do so. While we are on this earth, we will never be free from the evil schemes and temptations of Satan. Seeing people come to Christ in repentance and trying their hard to live their best life here on earth by walking according to God’s decrees and precepts makes the devil unhappy.

Best Life is in Christ Alone

Satan rebelled against God and his rebellion continues today. He is not happy to see God’s creation praising and worshiping God. Satan desires the worship of God’s creation; he wants to overthrow God and become God (Isaiah 14:12-17).

The Devil Promises the Best Life

The devil envies God so he does everything he can in order to hinder God’s plan for His creations, by inflicting pain, sickness, trouble and anything else possible in his power so that people will complain and rebel against God the same way he did.

That’s the devil’s desires. He does these so man will turn away from God and start to look for other gods that can promise them a better life. And then the devil will draw near to those people who start to question God.

The devil then will start to make some offer – a better life here on earth. The devil will then say, “You can do all you want to be happy, it’s your life anyway. You’re the boss of yourself; life is short, so live it to the fullest.” In essence, the devil is saying, “It’s your life; only you can decide how you want to live it.”

1 Peter 1:16

This goes against the Word of God. Man was created in the image and likeness of God. God is holy and He hates sin so God’s people must also live a holy life (1 Peter 1:16) and stop living in sin. To be holy means to be separated from the world. Believers in Jesus are not to conform to the patterns of this world but be transformed by allowing God’s Word to renew their minds (Romans 12:1-2).

It’s easier said than done. While we are here on this earth, the devil will thwart God’s plan and destroy His creation because by doing so, the people will not be happy and might start to question God instead of praising Him. This is why the Bible reminds us to “thank God always,” because by doing so we are praising God (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

Freedom and Free Will

God created us out of love; He created us with the free will to choose what kind of life we want to live and also the freedom to act according to our choices. Contrary to what some atheists claim that God is a control freak, He isn’t.

But this is one of the devil’s favorite “deception line.” He wants us to think and believe that we are FREE to do all we want and we should not allow anyone to hinder us, especially not God. After all, life here on earth is the end.

When we die, it’s all over, no heaven no hell, we cease to exist, the end! So, do your best to live life to the fullest, drink and eat, follow after all the lust of the flesh, get all that you want, and be greedy for more. All of that is okay, we are humans, we have to be happy and we need to survive.

Our Best Life In Christ

The devil will continue to persuade men, putting all of these ideas into their hearts and minds, and the people just might agree with the devil. This is the most dangerous part, the cleverest way for Satan to deceive man. The devil will then say, “There is no such thing as evil and there is no God either. So go on and do all you want, be happy and survive!”

That’s where the devil is wrong! God has put a limit to the devil and his tactics. In fact, the devil cannot do anything without God’s permission. It’s the same thing with us, we must know where and when to draw the line. We are to set a limit as to what we should and should not do. Just because we were given free will and freedom that we will do whatever we want.

This is the work of the Holy Spirit who comes to dwell within us the moment we receive the Lord Jesus as our Savior. It is He who convicts us of sin and wrongdoings (John 16:8).

Best Life Forever In Christ

The devil may be crafty and will pull all the stunts in order to draw us away from God. But God has placed a fence around us and a hedge of protection over us to keep us from going astray and be vulnerable to our own destruction.

God has set some rules of do’s and don’ts to guide us for His best plan for the new heaven and the new earth. Someday, everyone who submits to God’s will and plan will obtain the best life forever.

It is God’s will that everyone will come to repentance, believes in the Lord Jesus Christ and spends eternity with Him in heaven. This is the true definition of the best life – a life forever with God.

In 1 John 2:15-17 it says “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”

Our Best Life Forever in Christ

Why does God allow the devil to destroy peoples’ lives and inflict suffering upon them? It’s because God does not want us to love this world. This world will soon be destroyed completely and all who believe in Jesus Christ will be ushered into a new heaven and a new earth (2 Peter 3:10-13).

It will be in this new heaven and new earth that we will have our best life forever. Our best life is in Jesus Christ and it is through Him that all the heavenly inheritance and rewards will be given to us at the rewarding ceremony in heaven.

God’s plan for the believer shall surely stand; the devil will finally be put into prison, so that he can’t deceive anyone, anymore, and will forever be punished together with those who did not accept God’s gift of eternal life.

Concluding Words

I’m not saying that Christians will never have a fulfilling and abundant life while still on this earth. When Christ won the victory at the cross through His suffering, death, and resurrection, anyone who places their faith in Him is set free from the bondage of sin and death.

But being in the flesh, believers in Jesus are not totally free from the temptation to sin and the deception of the enemy. The good news is, God promises grace and self-control to resist them. In the event that we find ourselves in a position to commit sin and violate God’s will, He will make a way of escape that we may be able to bear it (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Our Best Life Forever in Christ

Christians can live their best lives while here on earth. After all, Jesus has already defeated the enemy. He uses the power of suggestion to make God’s people commit sin but he cannot really force them to do what he wants. As I said, we have been given free will to obey or disobey God.

We live the best life in Christ here on earth by submitting to God and His will; fulfill God’s mandate to love Him above anything and anybody else and love others the same way we love ourselves. In other words, it’s all about living a life that is pleasing to God.

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