Living a Life that Actually Matters
Ask yourself: Am I living a life that actually matters? Every day I need to remember what matters most. When I get up in the morning I need to remind myself what counts and what doesn’t count. I should not be distracted by what’s inconsequential in life.
Why is this an important habit? Have you realized how easy it is to lose your joy over some small thing? It’s usually the small irritations that cause you to lose your happiness. Somebody cuts you off in the middle of the road when you’re trying to make a turn and they won’t let you do it, you lose your happiness. Or you’re having a bad hair day or the clothes you put on don’t fit anymore – that’ll cause you to lose your happiness real quick! It’s the little things. Yet do those things really matter in life? No, they do not.
So if you want to be a happy person, Paul says in Philippians 3, you need to remember what matters most. Not worry about all the stuff you used to think is so important before you knew Jesus Christ.
Phil 3: 7 “I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done.”
All those things that I thought were so important to me, I now consider worth nothing now that I know Christ.
What was the most important thing to you before you met Jesus Christ? Work? Career? Making money? Maybe it was getting a date. Maybe it was being popular. Maybe it was having security.
Paul says all those things: They’re just not that important to me anymore. I’m not running the rat race, because even if you win the rat race you’re still a rat!
How do you know if you’ve really been saved? How do you know if you’ve been saved by Jesus Christ? I’ll tell you how you know. Your values change. Because you can’t have somebody as big as God come into your life and it not change you. It changes your values.
Everyday there are thousands of advertising messages that say, you aren’t worth anything until you’ve got our product. This should matter to you. Even television news makes every item sound like it’s the most important thing of the day. It’s not. Nothing is as worthless as yesterday’s newspaper.
So what you have to ask yourself is this question, on everything: How much will this matter in a hundred years? How much will this matter in five years? How much of what I’m worrying about right now is going to matter tomorrow? It’s not going to matter tomorrow, much less for eternity.
You need to live in light of eternity. Everybody and everything around you is constantly telling you that the petty and the trivial is important.
America and around the world are on trivial pursuit. We’re living for things that aren’t going to matter. So to be counter culture – which means you’re going to be a whole lot happier than everybody else – you’ve got to focus not on what’s current but what’s eternal.
Phil 3:8-9a “Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. [That’s the most important thing.] For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ 9 and become one with him.
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