Live Your Best Life in the New Year!

January 1, 2022

“Live Your Best Life”.   It is more than a slogan at Ruby Turner Realty, it is how we live our everyday lives and conduct our business.   It is on purpose.  It is intentional.  It is not by accident.  To God the Glory for ALL our Success!  Everyone can live the God-Glorifying Best Life right here, right now.

It starts by understanding and living by the below Godly Principles:

Love God

Jesus gives us a clear definition of “the best life” in Matthew 22:34-39. He tells the Pharisees that the first and greatest commandment is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”

Loving God is the prerequisite for living our best, God-glorifying life. Loving God above all else is the only love that can ever satisfy the hunger in our hearts, and living for God’s Glory is the only glory we were designed to be enthralled with.

Love Others

In His same discussion with the Pharisees, Jesus tells us that the second greatest command is to “love your neighbor as yourself.” John reminds us that “love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God […] if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.” (See 1 John 4:7-21).

If you want the litmus test for living your best, God-glorifying life right here, right now, don’t look primarily at your theological knowledge, biblical literacy, or church involvement (although all of these are very important). Instead, you should examine the quality of your relationships.

Pursue Heavenly Treasure

Living your best, God-glorifying life requires an awareness of two things: 1) A sense of what is truly worth living for, and 2) An awareness of how seductive and deceptive the physical pleasures of the created world be can.

Jesus tells us to store up imperishable treasures in heaven, not temporary treasures of this world (see Matthew 6:19-24). Such pleasures are God-given and certainly have their place, but each of us needs to fight a moment-by-moment battle to keep the physical glories of creation in their proper place in our hearts.

Focus On Character

The definition of society’s “best life” worships at the altar of achievement and success. We typically evaluate and honor people, not by the attitude and character of their hearts, but by their home, their car, their paycheck, their vacations, or the number of people who answer to them.

The Bible certainly does not denigrate success. To the contrary, it urges us to be excellent in all we do. But at every step, Scripture places moral character above achievement. No better story captures this principle than when God tells Samuel to reject Eliab and choose David as the future king of Israel (see 1 Samuel 16:6-7).

God calls you to live “your best life” right here, right now – but this roadmap looks and sounds radically different to that of culture.

The call is to hold firmly to the truth believed by all the saints who have gone before us: “That he exists and that he rewards those who seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).

 

Next meditate on the verses below about living your best life and challenge yourself to “Live Your Best Life” everyday in the New Year!

PSALM 37:4: THE DESIRES OF YOUR HEART

“Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭37:4‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Psalm 37 begins by reminding the reader not to worry about what other people are doing or to be envious of those who aren’t living according to God’s will. Instead, says the Psalmist, we’re to take delight in God and what he has done for us.

It’s a call to individualism and relationship with God. We can’t live our best lives if we’re constantly worried about how other people are living theirs. We also can’t live vibrantly if we’re stuck in the past, dwelling on regrets or pains.

Take time to delight in what is available to you and the new opportunities for enjoying life, and let God handle the rest.

MATTHEW 5:12: REJOICE AND BE GLAD

“Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:12‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Life on this earth will never be perfect. This is likely something you have come to understand over the years. But by rejoicing daily that there is a perfect life to be had ahead, you can get through the imperfections and be glad for your life in the here-and-now.

ACTS 2:46: WITH GLADNESS AND SINCERITY

“So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart,”

‭‭Acts‬ ‭2:46‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

In the NIV Bible, this verse comes under the heading “The Fellowship of Believers.” It’s a short section that describes the culture of the new church. They were devoted to learning about Jesus, took care of each other and enjoyed eating and meeting together to worship and fellowship.

Whether you’re an introvert or extrovert—and no matter how much you enjoy your alone time—it’s important to recognize that as a human being, you weren’t made to go it completely alone. We’re built for fellowship, especially with other believers. On purpose look for opportunities to enjoy the company of others, including the simplicity of breaking bread together.

JOHN 10:10: ABUNDANT LIFE

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

‭‭John‬ ‭10:10‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Jesus is pretty clear about this. He didn’t come to oppress or make life worse for anyone. He came to wash away sins and pave the way for an abundant life. Abundant here doesn’t mean worldly riches; it means spiritual riches, which are more valuable and long-lasting. Many people look toward heaven for that abundant life, but the truth is that Jesus wants people to start living it now on earth by imitating him and learning to walk in obedience to God’s will.

2 TIMOTHY 1: 7: A SPIRIT OF POWER

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

‭‭II Timothy‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

This verse is often categorized as one for youth due to the nature of the epistle, but it’s a powerful verse for people of any age. As you go through life changes, remember that God did not fill you with a spirit that is fearful. The spirit in you is powerful and full of love and self-control. It’s one that can power you through any upcoming challenge, or mountain.   Lean on the Holy Spirit in you.

 

God Bless, Ruby Turner Realty 2022’

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