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“A Basic for Living”
The Prologue to the book of Proverbs (1:1-19) states that its purpose is to present some basics for living life that we best not ignore. No matter how much we may think we may know about living life and what our capabilities are to be successful, it is all a chasing after the wind, as the writer of Ecclesiastes states it, if the Lord is not at the center of our quest. The writer of Proverbs closes out his prologue with this gem for living,
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
The Hebrew implication of the word fear is ‘awe’ and the word translated ‘fools’ here and elsewhere in the Old Testament is that the person that leaves God out is ‘morally deficient.’ Choose God and be sufficient. Leave God out and be deficient where it really counts, for eternity.
The primary basic of life for us since the coming of the Lord to us in Jesus Christ is to put Jesus first in our lives. That begins with asking Jesus Christ to come into our heart and be our Lord and Savior. It is letting Jesus Christ be the Lord of our life. That means that he is involved in our family, our work, our play, and our community involvement. It is letting Jesus be seen in us wherever we are and in whatever we are doing.
We don’t want to play the part of the fool. As the Psalmist said in the Psalm 14:1 and again in 53:1,
The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”
The fool becomes his own god. His life centers on himself and not around Jesus Christ. The fool is an egocentric person. The follower of Jesus Christ is called to center life around Christ, to be Christo-centric.
An interesting thing about some fools is that they are very intelligent. They can even be very successful in business. They can be very rich. But, if they don’t have the love of God in Jesus Christ in their hearts they are nothing. What we pick up on in the New Testament is that we are to have an awe of God because of his love for us. We find it in John 3:16-18,
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.
God’s love and responding to it is the “Basic for Living” we need to focus upon. The Apostle Paul focused upon it in the 13th Chapter of 1st Corinthians.
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing…Love is patient…Love is kind.
This love is God’s love that comes to us through our faith and trust in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. It is the love that comes from letting Jesus Christ be the basic of all our living. This is a “Basic for Living” we don’t want to miss out on. It makes life worth living.
God bless! Love!
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