As 2007 comes to a close, this weekend Pastor Tommy Moseley shared a message about living the good life. He challenged the Rock to evaluate whether or not we are experiencing the good life, and if we really know what the good life is all about.
Water into Wine
Pastor Tommy opened the message looking at a story about Jesus in the beginning of the Gospel of John.
In John 2, we witness the first miracle of Jesus. It occurred at the beginning of his three-year ministry on earth when he was thirty years old.
Jesus is at a wedding with His disciples and His mother. At the wedding they had run out of wine, when Mary informed Jesus of the issue His immediate reaction was as to why it should be a concern for Him.
However, Jesus changed the water into wine. This was the first time Jesus revealed His glory. Jesus didn't have to turn the water into wine. No one would die or be in grave danger without wine. However, wine made the wedding celebration better. Maybe Jesus just wanted to make the party better.
This is what Jesus wants to do this with our lives as well. He wants us to experience the good life.
The So-Called Good Life
Pastor Tommy experienced "the good life" according to the world, but discovered when living the good life not according to God, that life can only be good for so long.
Back in the early 90's Pastor Tommy had an experience that really made him question whether the good party life he had been living was really so great. When out to get marijuana in the middle of the night, he ended up in a much more frightening situation, one in which he had a gun put to his head and his car almost got stolen from him. When he was able to flee the scene, he tried to get help from cops.
While Pastor Tommy was more concerned with his car being stolen, the cop he encountered was more concerned with why he was out in the middle of the night in the place that he was. The reason to the cop was obvious. It was a question posed to Pastor Tommy that really made him think about his so-called good life. The cop asked him, "How is this life working out for you?" It was a fair question being out in the middle of the night in a life-threatening situation just for some marijuana. The police officer instead of just arresting Tommy pitied him. The so called good life really wasn't that great.
It is clear that no life can truly be a success without God. Sin is only fun for a season. We cannot experience the real good life without Jesus.
Matthew 11:28-30 states, Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
The Real Good Life
To truly experience the good life and be a part of God's family, we must be born again.
John 3:3-8 states, Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God." Nicodemus said to him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?"
Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.' The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit."
Sometimes we think that the Christian life is about following all the rules. However, being a follower of Jesus Christ doesn't mean following man's rules and just living a good life doesn't mean we are born again. The rules have nothing to do with God's grace. The love of God and the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross for our sins is what save us, not living by the rules.
2 Corinthians 3:5-6 states, Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
When we are born again we find that not only is our life better with Christ, but it is the only good life there really is. The hope of eternal life spent with Jesus is the good life.
Whether we believe it or not, Jesus is Lord.
Today is the day to embrace the good life found in Jesus Christ. If you don't know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, ask Jesus to open your eyes, that you may come to know Him as Lord.
As followers of Christ, Pastor Tommy challenged us to reflect on our lives, or just the past year, and see where God has turned water into wine in our own lives. Being aware of the miracles and working of God in our lives will help us in sharing the love of God, and the good life we have in Him with others.