Just over a decade ago an American mega Church pastor wrote a book entitled “Your best life Now” which subsequently went on to sell in the millions. I have not read the book and so am in no position to recommend or condone it and nor is this post here designed to do so. This post is an exploration of scripture’s take on our best investment now that will inevitably lead to our best life too.
Hebrews chapter 11 (in particular verses 1 and 6) make it absolutely clear that faith is the principal means of, engaging with and receiving from God. Hence the reason why we have to get this one right, we cannot afford to get it wrong. There is simply no way we can engage with God and receive from Him without the kind of faith scripture advocates – And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
True faith is faith in the person and character of God alone who never changes. In Hebrews 10:23 the writer to the Hebrews is encouraging us to keep faith in God and His promises because God is faithful, on account of His unchanging character. It is this unchanging character of God (we say that He is immutable) that inspires and feeds our faith and trust in Him. “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” Here is the reason why we can hold fast the confession of our faith – because He who issued the promise is reliable, trustworthy, faithful, unchanging, immutable.
Knowing God and more of Him for ourselves therefore, becomes massively critical in our journey of faith. But not only that. As Scripture tells us, access to all things that are relevant for our lives now and godliness are only possible through a personal knowledge of God. 2 Peter 1:3 – “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by (to) his own glory and excellence,”
The gateway to all things that we require for our lives now and for godliness is the knowledge of God, knowing God for yourself. It is in personally knowing God that we get to know ourselves and His plans and purposes for us – including godly living in this day and age.
Our focus and investment therefore has to be on knowing God if we desire to live our best lives now.
What is more, our calling is in accordance and consistent with God’s own glory and excellence which is there for us to discover – a high and lofty calling that is unparalleled by any other. Not a cheap and base one. Such is the nature of our calling that we ought to highly rate and value it and not undermine or underestimate it. The calling by which we have been called is quite literally, “out of this world”, by God’s own glory and excellence.It is in knowing and understanding Him who has called us into His own glory and excellence that we access all things that relate to life (as God intended and planned for us) and godliness (living lives that reflect/demonstrate His image and character in us). How much we honour God with our lives now, both in quality and content, will determine how well we will be rewarded in heaven.
So, do not take your calling lightly or undermine it to the point where it has no bearing upon your life and you are so casual about it. Value and treasure your calling by seeking to enter its fulllness by way of an ever growing personal and intimate knowledge of God which is the established gateway into all that God has for your life. Invest your time and money in acquiring an ever increasing and never ending personal knowledge of the Father. You will find nothing better to invest in in this life or the one to come. This is your best investment ever.
When you grow in your knowledge and understanding of who you have been called by and into what, you have then found everything you need for life and godliness. When you understand the person and nature of God you learn to trust in His omniscience and His goodness, that His plan is best, His purpose is best, what He allows in your life is best.
One more thing.
More than any other thing God desires and delights to be known by us for who He truly is. If there is anything that God allows His children to boast in, it is their knowledge of Him and His character and nothing else. Jeremiah 9:24 “but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”
Say no more.