Chuck’s Insights on a Life Well Lived

What does God expect of you?

Few of us have thought long or hard about that question, though all of us should. The answer determines whether we live life well or live life poorly.

The ancient prophet Micah pondered what God expected. The simplicity of Micah’s divinely inspired answer shocked the affluent society of ancient Judah. It may shock you too.

He has told you, O man, what is good;
And what does the LORD require of you
But to do justice, to love kindness,
And to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)

Micah’s three final phrases give us an outline for pursuing a life well lived.

  • Do what is right. To do what is right, we must first determine what is right, by spending time with God in prayer, in His Word, and with His people. Once we’ve discovered the right path, we must expect resistance. But in the midst of resistance, we must remember that God will superintend His plan and bring it to completion.
  • Love what is kind. The world is rarely kind, but we can cultivate kindness by recognising that God is the judge—that His sovereign hand controls all situations—and by accepting our circumstances as God’s means of blessing.
  • Model what is humble. Humility doesn’t keep score. But it does accept responsibility for wrongdoing. Furthermore, it is gentle, and it rests in God’s sovereign control.

A life well lived honours the Lord, inspires others, and produces rewards for the one who lives it. At least six rewards are worth mentioning:

  • The sustained cultivation of exemplary character
  • The continued relief of a clear conscience
  • The personal delight of intimacy with the Almighty
  • The high privilege of being a mentor
  • The crowning reward of finishing well
  • A priceless, lingering legacy for those we love

Now that’s a life well lived!

Copyright © 2012 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc

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Accuracy, clarity, and practicality all describe the Bible-teaching ministry of Charles R. Swindoll. Chuck is the chairman of the board at Insight for Living and the chancellor of Dallas Theological Seminary. Chuck also serves as the senior pastor of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, where he is able to do what he loves most—teach the Bible to willing hearts. His focus on practical Bible application has been heard on the Insight for Living radio broadcast since 1979.

ఖచ్చితత్వం, స్పష్టత మరియు ఆచరణాత్మకత అన్నీ చార్లెస్ ఆర్. స్విన్డాల్ యొక్క బైబిల్-బోధనా పరిచర్యను వివరిస్తాయి. చక్ ఇన్సైట్ ఫర్ లివింగ్ కు బోర్డు ఛైర్మన్ మరియు డల్లాస్ థియోలాజికల్ సెమినరీకి ఛాన్సలర్. చక్ టెక్సాస్‌లోని ఫ్రిస్కోలోని స్టోన్‌బ్రయర్ కమ్యూనిటీ చర్చ్ యొక్క సీనియర్ పాస్టర్‌గా కూడా పనిచేస్తున్నారు, అక్కడ ఆయన చాలా ఇష్టపడేదాన్ని చేయగలుగుతున్నాడు-ఇష్టపడే హృదయాలకు బైబిల్ నేర్పిస్తున్నారు. ఆచరణాత్మక బైబిల్ అనువర్తనంపై ఆయన దృష్టి 1979 నుండి ఇన్సైట్ ఫర్ లివింగ్ రేడియో ప్రసారంలో వినబడుచున్నది.