As you look at your finances, your relationships, your career, and your spiritual life today, can you honestly say, “This is as good as it gets; God has nothing more in store for me than what I am experiencing right now”?
If you are like most people, you know that God wants you to experience more financial security, more fulfilling relationships, more success in work, and more in your relationship with Him.
Living well means experiencing God’s best in every area of life.
The good news is that we don’t have to wait until we die to experience God’s best for us! We make a serious mistake when we draw a dichotomy between life on this side of the grave and life on the other side of the grave. God’s plan is that you experience success throughout your eternal life, starting now. Jesus said in John 10:10, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” Eternal life is not just a quantity of life; it is a quality of life that comes to those who follow God’s principles for living.
Throughout the Bible, God makes it clear that He wants us to be successful in this life:
- “Keep the words of this covenant to do them, that you may prosper in all that you do” (Deuteronomy 29:9).
- “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success” (Joshua 1:8).
- “I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers” (3 John 2).
Prosperity is much more than financial success. Yes, God does want you to experience stability in your finances, but it doesn’t stop there. God wants you to experience satisfying relationships, fulfilled dreams, a prosperous career, and a rewarding spiritual life.
The key to living well is wisdom. If you are a wise person, then you will pattern every area of your life after the principles given in God’s Word.
The wisdom of God goes the opposite direction than our natural inclinations:
- The world says, “Look out for number one.” Wisdom says, “Look out for others.”
- The world says, “Destroy your enemy.” Wisdom says, “Love your enemy.”
- The world says, “Promote yourself.” Wisdom says, “Humble yourself.”
Since God’s wisdom doesn’t come naturally to us, we have to search for it. The Bible says acquiring wisdom is like a treasure hunt. Proverbs 2:4–5 says, “If you seek [wisdom] as silver and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will discover the fear of the Lord and discover the knowledge of God.”
Three Principles About Living Well
Where do we go to find God’s wisdom? Thousands of years ago, the wisest, wealthiest, and most powerful man in the world—King Solomon—collected some practical truths about wisdom in the book of Proverbs. Let’s look at three important biblical principles about the art of living well.
The Measure Of Living Well Is Not Money
First, the measure of living well is not money. The book of Proverbs has a lot to say about saving and investing and debt. If you follow these principles, you will be more successful in your finances. But life is about more than earning, saving, and investing money.
One Wall Street tycoon said, “Money is the best way to keep score in life.” But Jesus said, “Be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions” (Luke 12:15).
At the moment of your death, you will be separated from all your money. You will leave it all behind. That is why Jesus said in Matthew 16:26, “What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?”
Living Well Does Not Exempt Us From Problems
Second, living well does not exempt us from problems in life. People often ask me, “Pastor, why do we as Christians go through problems and suffering?” Behind that question is the assumption that being a Christian somehow exempts you from trials. That is not true.
The ultimate purpose of living well is to glorify God.
God’s plan is that we go through difficult times. It is during those times of suffering that we learn more about God, and our faith is strengthened. Hebrews 5:8 says even Jesus “learned obedience by the things which He suffered.” If God’s plan for His own Son included suffering, then why are we surprised when suffering comes into our lives? Living well does not exempt us from problems. Jesus said, “In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
The Purpose Of Living Well Is To Glorify God
Third, the purpose of living well is to glorify God. God’s overriding purpose in the world today is to bring glory to Himself. In Romans 11:36, Paul wrote, “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.” How does God’s ultimate purpose of bringing glory to Himself relate to living well? The reason God wants you and me to live well, to experience His best in every area of life, is so that other people will look at our lives and be motivated to become God-followers too. When we follow the principles for wisdom found in God’s Word, people will want to know about the God we serve, the God who can bless us in such an extraordinary way. The ultimate purpose of living well is to glorify God. When we pattern our lives according to the wisdom of God, it is a win-win situation. We get the benefits, and God gets the glory.