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Life Is Worth Living
Life is certainly worth living. For it is a God given opportunity to secure eternal life through Jesus Christ. For “all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12). The Lord promised not only ordinary life but that His children “may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).
Our heavenly Father pledged that His children will have a new life: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17). In this new life, the Lord elevates the human experience. For Christians are made partakers of the divine nature and are granted possession of eternal life (2 Peter 1:4; 1 John 5:11, 12). And they have the privilege and opportunity to grow up into the full stature of Christ (Matthew 5:48; Ephesians 4:14–16).
God’s Infinite Love
How do we know that God’s promises will come to pass? The Bible confirms: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Therefore, we are certain that He who didn’t withhold His only Son but gave Him up to die for us will not withhold any good thing from us (Psalm 84:11).
In fact, all the resources of heaven are available to the Christian (Ephesians 2:7). All that is needed to be done could be done by Christ-given strength. When the divine commands are faithfully followed, the Lord makes Himself responsible for the success of the work undertaken by the Christian. In Christ, there is strength to perform duty, strength to resist temptation, and patience to endure hardships. Thus, the Christian can declare, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
I Will Always Be With You
During the hard times, our heavenly Father comforts us saying, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). When faced by temptation, the Christian is assured that nothing can touch him except by the Lord’s permission (Job 1:12; 2:6). For “all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). If God permits suffering and difficulty to come, it is not to ruin him but to sanctify him (Romans 8:17). Even death should not frighten the believer for Jesus declared, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live” (John 11:25).
Amazingly, God decreed that all things (good and evil) will come out well for His children in spite of their hardships. If in justice, the Lord had to allow them to go through trials, in His love and mercy He would restore and heal them (Deuteronomy 32:39; Job 5:18; Hosea 6:1). For He declared, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).
Therefore, the Christian need not worry about his life and his needs for the Lord comforts him saying, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matthew 6:25,26). All what the believer needs to do is to “Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14).
In His service,