Jarrod Jacobs: “759 Ways To Improve Your Life”
The above title was on a magazine cover I saw once. As I read that, I could not help but stand amazed at the extent to which our society has become enamored with self. Is it not amazing that someone could find “759 ways” to improve one’s physical life, and in all of this, could not see that there is but one thing that will make the most significant improvement? The most important improvement is the salvation of one’s soul! Yes, it is the soul of man that needs help, rather than the body, for this is the part of man that endures! The apostle Paul wrote, “... though our outward man perisheth, yet the inward man is renewed day by day” (II Cor. 4:16). In addition to this, we learn, “For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come” (I Tim. 4:8). Actual improvement is going to come when we endeavor to make our souls right with God. This results in a permanent change for the better. It is not to be found in spending our lives pursuing physical perfection, which is a temporary improvement at best (I Pet. 1:24)!
Such Biblical facts as these ought to show us that spending our days in pursuit of “759 ways” to improve our physical lives does little for us. Our focus should be finding that “one thing” that will improve our spiritual lives now and prepare us for eternity! How is this done? It begins with obeying the Lord’s plan for salvation (Mk. 16:16; Acts 2:38). Bear in mind that we need to continue by being faithful to God (I Cor. 15:58; Rev. 2:10). We need to “seek the things that are above, where Christ sitteth at the right hand of God” (Col. 3:1). It is tragic, but for many in this world, the last thing they think about is their souls! It is too easy to place jobs, retirement, hobbies, yard work, friends, and family responsibilities ahead of our souls and our relationship with God. Some think, “I’ll worry about my soul later.” Yet, many of us do not have a “later” (Prov. 27:1)!
Parents, what thought have you given to your children and their precious souls? Remember, you have been entrusted with these dear ones and must train them correctly (Prov. 22:6; Eph. 6:4; Titus 2:3-5; etc.). Parents, have we ever considered the fact that such passages as Matthew 5:14-16, 7:12; Ephesians 4:25, 29, 31; II Timothy 2:2; and others apply in our homes? We cannot go on “auto-pilot” when raising our children! Do not assume children have Bible knowledge simply because they sat beside you in church services! Furthermore, don’t assume you have acquired sufficient Bible knowledge (Eph. 5:17; II Tim. 2:15) if you have done nothing more than occupy a seat beside your children!
It is high time we stopped looking for “759 ways” to improve our physical lives and looked for the one thing that will improve our souls! When the soul is right before God, then the physical life will follow. Isn’t this Christ’s point in Matthew 6:33? However, if we think that improving the physical body will improve the soul, we have put the cart before the horse! Think seriously about how we are living now and how we can prepare for eternity (II Cor. 6:2)!
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