The Perfect Life

The Perfect Life

Even among Christians, the search for the “perfect life” is often a snare. Longing for everything to fall into place just as we would like it– that perfect home, location, job, spouse, church, relationship—we often fall into wrong desires when we set our minds on temporal things. We see this struggle dating as far back as the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve had the definitive “perfect life” and it STILL wasn’t enough in their human estimation. Grasping for more than God ordained for them, they fell headlong into sin. Our friends the Israelites complained over and over with sarcasm, “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness?” and “It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.”  They had planned out predictable lives of staying in Egypt and being slaves. God changed all that.  But they wanted safety more than freedom.

The truth is, no matter what the cost, God’s call on our lives is going to be more fulfilling, more faith-building and more satisfying than our human ideas could ever be…ultimately. We can trust the One who orders all our steps and holds our lot (Ps.16).  For some of us, this might mean giving up an “easy-chair existence” to move half-way around the world for the gospel. OR, it might mean being willing to live in that teeny, tiny, one-traffic-light town for decades in order to faithfully live out a gospel-proclaiming life to the few neighbors and townsfolk around you. Either way, there will be risk and loss of what you hoped and dreamed. For the excitement-driven and thrill-seeking Christian, God may ask of you a very “normal” existence by planting you somewhere in a small-town. For the “comfort-of-home-craving” Christian, God may ask you to pack your bags and get your passport in order. Either way, you can be sure, God has plans that are for your good and his glory.

There will never be another ark filled with animals or Red-Sea-parting. There will never be another 12 disciples called by the flesh-and-blood Jesus to leave everything and follow him. Instead, there will be local churches and families and sin-struggles to walk through with real, live, everyday people. There will be the joy and sorrow of births and deaths in our lives and churches. “Losing your life” so that you might gain it in Christ may look like living a quiet, seemingly uneventful life. Faithfulness, for most of us, will be a faithfulness that only God and a handful of people will ever see. Are we OK with that? Honestly, this is hard for me. I wanted to “spend my life” for God in what I considered to be “BIG” ways. Leaving the US, leaving my culture, my language, my family…I was ready to go and “lay my life down” for Jesus in these ways. However, my life took a much different path under God’s direction. My husband and I have been in pastoral ministry for a total of 15 years now, we’ve (almost) raised three children and have lived in 7 different locations in our 23 years of marriage. Make no mistake, I have felt the “laying down” of my life over and over, but it hasn’t been much along the lines of what I pictured it would be! This is really just another aspect of “laying down” my life…because it hasn’t gone according to MY plan.  And God has been so faithful, giving me exactly the life He has prescribed for my growth in holiness and much-needed dependence on Him.

I hope I can be an encouragement to you today, friend.  The God who is Sovereign has his sovereign hand on your life.  He is trustworthy and perfect in wisdom.  Submit to His loving authority and know that He makes no mistakes.  Your perfect life is the one only a perfect God can give.

Set your minds on things that are above, not things that are on the earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”   Col. 3:22-23

Kristin Bunting About Kristin Bunting

Kristin wishes you could pull up a chair, enjoy a cup of coffee, and talk with her about how amazing Jesus is. For 33 years she has walked with her Savior, and each year is a new adventure in learning how He is always "Enough" for her, no matter what the circumstance. Kristin is wife to one loving small-church pastor, and never ceases to be amazed at the 3 daughters God has given them to raise. Her one-day dream is to write a book for women, chronicling her walk with Jesus and encouraging them to never quit pursuing the God who loves them.

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