On Sunday, I used a word of life from Deuteronomy 30. Today, I want to give you a fuller context, additional references, and a fresh insight about The Way of Flourishing.
It would be best if you had a Bible in order to look at these verses in the complete context. I am only going to give you the principles of flourishing here.
ONE: Flourishing is not too difficult. It is not beyond our reach. God gives commands and instructions that are not impossible. God’s instruction are quite possible. (Deuteronomy 30:11-13)
TWO: We are to obey the words of life God gives to us. God makes it possible for us to receive, hear, and follow those words. (Deuteronomy 30:14)
THREE: God gives us the option – life or death, blessing or curse, to flourish or to “flanguish.” (Deuteronomy 30:15, 19)
FOUR: We flourish when we (1) love God, (2) walk in the ways of God, and (3) keep God’s commands. There is a clear way to flourish. (Deuteronomy 30:16)
FIVE: There are many other ways that will not lead to flourishing. When we turn away from God, when we do our own thing, when we follow the “rules-way” of our culture – that is like choosing death. Don’t do it! (Deuteronomy 30:17-18)
SIX: God gives us options for life and death. (Deuteronomy 30:19)
SEVEN: God says choose life, love God, listen to his voice, hold fast to him – for the Lord God is our very life. In Deuteronomy 30:19-20 God provides, but we must choose. It is not automatic. God has provided all that is needed to flourish. If we are not flourishing, it is because we are not choosing God.
These first seven insights are all from Deuteronomy 30. The next four insights provide additional teaching about The Way of Flourishing.
EIGHT: There is a way that seems right, but it is not. This way seems to lead to life, but it leads to death (see Proverbs 14:12; 16:25). Our culture is providing many ways that seem right, but are empty. They are dead ends (literally!).
NINE: Jesus takes all of this “Way” language and applies it to himself. Jesus is our Way. (John 14:6)
TEN: His way is a narrow way. There are other more attractive ways, but in the end they lead to death (Matthew 7:13-14). Temptation tries its very hardest to make these other ways more attractive then the way of Jesus.
ELEVEN: Through the Book of Acts, Christianity is known as The Way. (Acts 9:2; 19:8-10, 23; 22:4, 14; 24:14, 22)
The real and eternal, more and better life Jesus has for us is His Way. It is the way of Flourishing. It is the way to Happiness. And remember, Jesus does not say he is simply “a” way. He is THE Way, THE Truth, and THE Life. So, choose life. Choose Jesus. Choose to flourish.
More on how to do this over the next several days.
Choosing life with you,