Just as every electronic gadget comes with a manual detailing ways to its most effective use, the Bible teaches us how to achieve our full potential on earth. The Bible is more than a religious book. It is the best guide on how life on earth should be lived. The Bible guides us on issues related to marriage, money, hard work and diligence.
Money is an indispensable part of our lives today. It is our medium of exchange of goods and services and without it life would be challenging. In Luke 16:13, Jesus Christ asserts that money should not be placed at par with God; “You cannot serve both God and money”. This does not imply that money is inherently a bad thing. That scripture points to the fact that man has a tendency to make money life’s ultimate focus, instead of seeking to do God’s will. In Proverbs 13:11 we can see clearly that God desires that we acquire wealth in the right manner. The verse states that, “Dishonest money dwindles away but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow”. This is evidence to the fact that God is not against the very idea of wealth and wants us to gain it according to His will.
The Bible is also a manual that guides us on our love life. Ephesians 5:21-33 gives us an in-depth look at the institution of marriage and draws an analogy between marriage and Christ’s relationship to the Church. According to that passage, wives are encouraged to submit to their husbands like the church submits to Christ. Also husbands are required to love their wives just as Christ loved the church. In 1 Corinthians 7, Paul prescribes that each man should have his own wife and each wife should have her own husband. Another famous passage on marriage, is Proverbs 31. It clearly outlines the ideal qualities of a good wife and mother.
- DILIGENCE AND WORK
In as much as the word of God promises us blessings, it also motivates us to work hard and be diligent in our endeavors. At our work places we must have in mind that no matter who cuts our pay checks, we are working for God and he deserves our absolute best. In Proverbs 14:23, taking the necessary steps to achieve your dreams is far more important than talking about it. The verse is an encouragement to roll up your sleeves, get in the dirt and bring your dreams to life. However, before you set out on your quest to accomplish your goal, you need to spend time planning. The Bible prescribes that our plans should involve the Lord. “Commit your work to the Lord and your plans will be established”(Proverbs 16:3).
The most important aspect of life the Bible instructs us on is our quest to live with God in eternity. We are constantly reminded that our life on earth is temporal; A passageway to our eternal home with God. The central theme of the Bible is that Jesus Christ came down, to redeem us from the wages of sin. And we must believe in Him and His finished work on the cross in order to be with Him in eternity. 2 Timothy 3:16: God intends that our righteousness would be as he has prescribed in His word. Therefore we are required to study His word and walk in His instructions in order to live a life worthy of our call.