An Abundant Life, Not a Boring Life
“I’m living my best life” is a common phrase that many people say to express a life of freedom or happiness. Many people determine their current quality of life based on social media or social constructs. For example, if you have a large amount of followers on Instagram, a lot of money in the bank, and your makeup looks flawless, then you may be “living your best life” according to societal standards. But have you reached your highest potential? Are you truly living your best life if you’re not living a blessed life? Is “I’m living my best life” a phrase we can truly say if we are still living in sin?
Cutting sin out of our lives may feel like cutting sugar out of our diet. Sin can be something viewed as garnishment to enhance our lives instead of as garbage that destroys our souls. The same way we don’t need sugar in our food to have a good meal, we don’t need sin to live our best lives. Now I know you may be thinking “But I’m not perfect and doesn’t everyone sin?” The answer is yes. We won’t be sinless, but we can sin less. Just like eating too much sugar can get you sick, being saturated by sin can be detrimental to your life.
You may be thinking “But there are just too many rules,” “what can I do for fun?” or “I just don’t want my life to be boring.” I understand each of these statements because I had the same concerns. But one day I received a revelation about why God places limits in our lives. I was told that “boundaries don’t limit you, they limit the devil.” That is why the devil lies and makes sin seem fun. If you continue to live out of the bounds that God has placed, then the enemy is bound to attack you. For example, let’s look at the scripture 1 Peter 5:8:
“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”
God calls us to be sober because the enemy is always waiting to attack. If we have sober minds, we can be prepared and not impaired. When you are fully surrendered to God, you can resist the devil and he will flee from you. That means he will no longer have dominion over you, he can no longer depress you or disturb you. According to James 4:10, when we humble ourselves before the Lord, He will lift us up. Also, according to Matthew 6:33, when we seek His kingdom and righteousness first, everything we need will be added unto us. And guess what, it will be greater than anything we could have ever imagined, according to Ephesians 3:20. When God steps in, life will be abundant, not boring. The enemy will lie to you and make you believe that following Jesus will soak up all of your fun, but he tells this lie because he is trying to steal your soul.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” [John 10:10]
In Christ, you will not only find true freedom but also fun. As Christians, we don’t just sit around and do nothing; in fact, there is so much we can do. Here are a list of things you can try:
- Watch Movies: You may be wondering “How do I know what movies are okay to watch?” The Holy Spirit is there to guide you. Listen to the Spirit regarding what movies or content you should indulge in. If your conscience is telling you not to watch something, then maybe you shouldn’t. Ask Him to send you movies that will not only be entertaining but glorifying to Him.
- Go to an Arcade: There’s nothing wrong with playing games or racing your best friend on go-karts.
- Go to a Theme Park: If you’re looking for a thrill, you can have the time of your life on a rollercoaster.
- Go Out to Eat: If you are a faith-filled foodie, try out new restaurants or food trucks in your area.
- Pamper Yourself: Babe, treat yourself to a spa day! Or you can go get your hair and nails done.
And this is just to name a few. Ask the Father to send you faith-filled friends or fun ideas that will have you enjoying life and living right. Jesus died for us and now we can freely live for Him. I want to encourage you not to focus on the rules, but focus on the relationship. When you enter a relationship with your significant other, most of the time there are boundaries in place so the couple can maintain a healthy relationship. The same goes for a relationship with Jesus. When we truly love Jesus, we will try our best to keep His commandments. If you love Him, listen to Him and live for Him.
“If you love Me, keep My commandments.” [John 14:15]
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