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One Sunday, my Pastor preached a word, and while preaching he said something that stood out. He said, “the only problem with the word “good” is that it has an extra “O” that does not belong.” After hearing this, the Holy Spirit began to speak to me; the funny thing is that we can go to a diverse group of people, and each person’s definition of a “good” life would be different; one’s definition can be to have a four-car garage with a brand new car in each one of them and another’s definition can simply be just to own ONE car. You see when we strive to have a “good” life our desires will never get fulfilled because we are trying to get something from somewhere we aren’t meant to get it from. In the above scriptures, Jesus says, “that they (the body of Christ) might have life and have it more abundantly. Then goes onto say for I am the GOOD shepherd: the GOOD shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” Even though this is not an unfamiliar text to a lot of Christians; we still find ourselves searching to have a “good life” when all the good we will ever need went to the cross for us over 2,000 years ago and that same spirit dwells within us. If you read verse 9, Jesus also says, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved.” Jesus is saying, it is already done all we have to do is search him for the answers. With that being said; why do a lot of us settle for the “good” life when we can have the best life in Christ? Though there are a lot of answers to this question, I believe it is because we have a hard time equating godly to good; at least that’s what it was for me.
John 10:8-11King James Version (KJV) All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
During my transition from the world into living a godly life, the hardest thing for me to accept was that I had to give up, one, my old way of thinking, and two, my old way of doing things. When I decided that I needed to give my life FULLY to Him, I thought it was going to be a smooth transition I felt like “God I’m doing this for you so I know you’ll make this easy for me,” but that was the furthest from the truth because we don’t do it for Him, we have to do it for ourselves. A lot of us have the mindset that we are doing God a favor, which is why we do not equate “good” with “godly.” As illustrated in the above scriptures, God wants the very best for our lives, but in order to do that, He must do a spiritual cleanse. Think about it, when people do a healthy lifestyle change, don’t they have to go through the uncomfortable period of cleaning out their system? Well the very same thing happens in our spiritual walk. Yes, that means that some of the people you may have considered to be your best friends may only become acquaintances, or some of the sins you were comfortable doing before, now gives you conviction. However, remember that just like the outcome of a healthy lifestyle cleanse is better for you in the long run, so is our relationship with Christ when God ejects the toxins during our spiritual cleanse; those toxins are people and things that poisoned our way of thinking. So yes, if someone asks me whether or not I want the “good” life or the “godly” life, my answer will always be the godly life; not just because I am a Minister, but because the best fruit I have seen from serving God supersedes the “good” fruit I got from serving the world. So in closing I will leave you with this, I charge all of you to make the conscious decision today, to serve God; in serving Him, I guarantee your destiny will be unlocked, and when that happens, “we are breaking the devils back” as they say because he knows our paths will only lead to greatness.
about the author
This Feature comes from Minister David Robinson. Born on January 19 to Mr. and Mrs. Glenn and Elaine Robinson Sr. was raised in Garfield, NJ, and is the middle child of three boys. David is a Youth Minister at Life Changing Word Church International (LCWCI) located in Haledon, NJ where the Pastor and founder is William H. Cash. After graduating from Drew University in 2011, David made the decision to give God all of him and to stop running from the calling on his life, and a year later was called to be a Minister in training under LCWCI, where he was later licensed on December 14, 2013. David is currently serving as the Director of Youth Ministry at LCWCI. In addition to being a Youth Director, David is also a Title Searcher and is believing in God to one day be an author, as well as a catalyst for change in the area of Public School Education throughout the country. Some of David’s hobbies outside of Ministry include but are not limited to: spending time with close family and friends, laughing, and loves to travel
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