by Pastor Mark Jordan
“Jesus (said), ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” (John 14:6, NIV)
A Buddhist teacher once said, “In the end, just three things matter: How well we have lived. How well we have loved. How well we have learned to let go.” There is some very good wisdom here, as long as we remember as Jesus followers that the only thing we should resolve to know is Christ and Christ crucified (1 Corinthians 2:2). Once we have that down, we can explore the truth of what it means to live well.
Living well for Jesus isn’t just about what we do today, because it has eternal ramifications. Matthew 25:23 reveals a statement that I personally long to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” To Jesus, it meant making the most of what you have, and using your blessings to bless others. But this also begs the question, how well are you using your blessings for God and others?
Living well begets loving well. Jesus, when asked about the greatest commandment said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’” (Mark 12:30-31, NIV). Loving God with all that we have, and loving our neighbor as we love self, all comes down to loving well. For Jesus, it all starts with loving God and others. Period.
So we’re aiming to live and love well, but what happens when things don’t cooperate with us? It’s easy to let hangups turn into hurts, and hurts turn into lasting harm. This begs this question about how well you do with letting things go. The Apostle Paul wrote, “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13b-14, NIV). Jesus wants to bring you healing from the harm, hurts, and hangups you’ve experienced due to life and it’s difficulties.
So how well are you doing resolving to know Christ and Christ crucified? Jesus wants to help you live well, love well, and let go of the things that hold you back. The truth is that Jesus wants to help you in all these areas, and He IS the TRUTH, to help you find the way to life and life everlasting (John 14:6).
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for being the truth of life, and showing me the way to truth. I want to follow you so you can help me learn to live well, love well, and leave behind the things that seek to hold me back from being well. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.