Life is a series of choices. We make choices about our food, clothes, friends, profession, hobbies, how to spend our time, etc.
In making choices we experience tension and pressure. This pressure comes from our parents, spouses, friends, peers and others. In this age of consumerism the pressure is from the society because of new consumer goods and life styles. The progress of science has triggered the diversity of living. All these make man confused. Albert Einstein says, “The modern science has supplied perfection of means but has supplied also the confusion of goals.” Thus the modern culture has provided a life style of confusion and indecision which causes tension in life and its choices. So it is necessary to have purposefulness in our lives. For this we have to take certain definite steps.
First of all, we have to be convinced what we choose is for our good and happiness. We have to be careful in this choice. We should see what are the things that give actual happiness to us; whether spiritual or material. We should not choose because some one else has said. The English poet Gold Smith said, “As I take my dress from my tailor, I take my religion from my priest.” We should be convinced whether the dress that we take really fits us and we like it, and not that some one else likes it. So it should be with our choices in life. Dr. Radhakrishnan, the Hindu philosopher and late President of India says, “Religion is the concern of inner life. Eternity is the goal of every soul.” Apostle Paul says, “I know whom I have believed.” He was convinced that the death and resurrection of Jesus gave the assurance of this eternal life and therefore he believed in Jesus Christ. This eternal goal cannot be provided by material or worldly things. They only give temporary pleasures and momentary satisfaction. So any one and every one who thinks of eternal life or eternal goal must think of spiritual satisfaction and not material satisfaction. One who goes after the world is like one who drinks salt water to quench thirst as it only increases the thirst.
Secondly, we have to confirm our choice. This is to be sure that the choice that we make is good and beneficial. Apostle Peter says, “Make your election and calling sure” (2 Peter 1:10). We will be happy only when our faith is strong and our conviction dependable. Apostle Paul says, “To me to live is Christ” (Philippians 1:21). As St. Augustine says, “God made us for Himself; our souls are restless searching until we find rest in Him.” The rest and peace can be given only by Christ.
Thirdly, we should be conformed to our choice. When we choose Christ, we should be ready to conform ourselves to Christ. Paul says, “Let the mind of Jesus be with you.” (Philippians1: ) Once we are in Christ, we are a new creature.. “If any one is in Christ, He is a new creation, old things have gone and every thing is made new.( 2 Corinthians, 5:17)
As Bacon says, ”
” It is not what one eats
But what we digest that makes one strong
It is not what one earns .
But what he saves that makes him rich.
It is not what one reads
But what he remembers that makes him learned and
It is not what one preaches
But what he practices that makes him a CHRISTIAN.”
So we have to practice our faith. For this, first of all, we have to study the Bible regularly. We should have a planned and systematic way of studying the Bible. For this a standard devotional book is helpful.
Secondly, we must have constant touch with God. Prayer is the right method of having contact with God. A special time and special place may be helpful. It is not necessary to address God always with requests and supplication. It can be simply waiting upon God for Him to talk to us. He may, some times, urge us strongly to do something or to shun some thing or convince us of some particular situation. The most important point is that we must have the feeling that we are at the presence of the Almighty, our Heavenly Father who cares and loves us. Not only that, He yearns to have our fellowship.
Thirdly, we must have fellowship with other believers. This strengthens our faith by sharing our spiritual lives with one another. Fellowship is the anchor of our Christian life. As a coal of fire can produce consuming flame by fanning it to other pieces of coals, fellowship helps to make our faith glow and shine.
“Seek first His kingdom and righteousness”, is the command. This will help us to receive all other things that we need in our lives. The life’s journey with constant fellowship and communion with our Lord helps us to reach the Heavenly port safely in spite of the storms and waves. He never allows us to drift away from our course.
Remember, you cannot profess your faith without possessing Christ. A touch with Christ changes us, as Christ changed the water in to wine. He multiplies our usefulness as he multiplied the five loaves and two fishes to satisfy five thousand and more. Then He honors us as he honored the clot that he used to go to Jerusalem . Every life that was committed to Jesus was blessed and He is still blessing them. Do you shy away from Him and become useless?
– Cherian Kurian