I saw a sign that said "Your best life now." What are they talking about and where is it going to lead them?
Eat, drink and be merry is engraved not only on wooden signs but on the minds of many who could care less about Jesus and having their soul saved.
So how does a believer step into this world and plant seeds, water them or bring it into harvest? It’s a task that Paul knows quite well. This was his whole mission in life, to share the good news.
We are in the 21st century and there are more distractions than a cat could handle. Feasting and frolicking are the roads most traveled along with pleasures of this world.
I’ve noticed it’s really difficult to have a deep or spiritual conversation these days. Even harder to find fellowship apart from being a member of a church or attending a church building. Even then, many come and go their own way.
So what do we do when we are surrounded by indifference, agnosticism or atheism? There is no urgency to get your life right with Jesus because their motto is Your best life now.
There are two scriptures that paint a vivid picture for me.
Matthew 4:18-19 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
How can we be fishers of men? We need to follow Jesus. Sometimes we think Lord how can You lead me here? It doesn't make sense. But Jesus said just follow me.
After these things Jesus manifested Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and He manifested Himself in this way. 2 Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. 3 Simon Peter *said to them, “I am going fishing.” They *said to him, “We will also come with you.” They went out and got into the boat; and that night they caught nothing.
4 But when the day was now breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 So Jesus *said to them, “Children, you do not have [c]any fish, do you?” They answered Him, “No.” 6 And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat and you will find a catch.” So they cast, and then they were not able to haul it in because of the great number of fish.7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved *said to Peter, “It is the Lord.” So when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put his outer garment on (for he was stripped for work), and threw himself into the sea. 8 But the other disciples came in the little boat, for they were not far from the land, but about one hundred yards away, dragging the net full of fish.
9 So when they got out on the land, they *saw a charcoal fire already laid and fish placed on it, and bread. 10 Jesus *said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have now caught.” 11 Simon Peter went up and drew the net to land, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not torn.
Sometimes we feel like we are not making any headway in casting our nets to bring souls into God's Kingdom. Jesus wants us to be fisher's of men, bringing the Gospel to a world that seeks "Your Best Life Now." They don't think of Jesus as having your best life now, especially if they are comfortable in their soul. It's the suit they have always worn and they aren't going to get rid of it so quickly.
The enemy wants to toy with our fears, trepidations or apprehensions about casting out our nets. We always question...what if they become antagonistic or shun us? What if they say no to our seed planting? What if? What if?
Many don't care about eternity only their best life now.
Isaiah 22:9-14 (KJV)
9 Ye have seen also the breaches of the city of David, that they are many: and ye gathered together the waters of the lower pool.
10 And ye have numbered the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses have ye broken down to fortify the wall.
11 Ye made also a ditch between the two walls for the water of the old pool: but ye have not looked unto the maker thereof, neither had respect unto him that fashioned it long ago.
12 And in that day did the Lord God of hosts call to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth:
13 And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and drinking wine: let us eat and drink; for to morrow we shall die.
14 And it was revealed in mine ears by the Lord of hosts, Surely this iniquity shall not be purged from you till ye die, saith the Lord God of hosts.
Proverbs 23:30-35 (KJV)
30 They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine.
31 Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.
32 At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.
33 Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things.
34 Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.
35 They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.
Luke 12:19 (KJV) And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
1 Corinthians 15:30-34
30 Why are we also in danger every hour? 31 I affirm, brethren, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. 32 If from human motives I fought with wild beasts at Ephesus, what does it profit me? If the dead are not raised, let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die. 33 Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” 34 Become sober-minded as you ought, and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.
It's really not up to us about their response if we are following Jesus. Many will be anti-Christ for the reason Jesus didn't have everyone accepting Him. We need to follow Jesus and He will make us fisher's of men.
How did we get saved? By God's Holy Spirit and those He sent out to be fisher's of men.