April 7 - The Good Life

By Don Bailey

Devotional Scripture: Luke 12:32-34

Central Thought: Correct priorities lead to the greatest contentment.

    You've seen the commercials: a handsome young man or gorgeous young woman riding in a luxury car, working out in an exclusive fitness center, dating other 'beautiful people,” living in a mansion—and seemingly not a care in the world. Commercials and many TV programs portray people living lives of self-indulgence and enjoying every minute of it.

    What you rarely see are the stories 30 years later. Instead of being trim and beautiful, many of these people are paying an awful price for their self-indulgence. Early death, disease-ravaged bodies, broken relationships—these are just some of the many consequences that come out of living the 'good life.”

    Luke 12:32-34 gives us a much better picture of what a truly good life offers. Here we see that giving, rather than getting, leads to happiness, true contentment, and a share in the Kingdom God is preparing for His people. The key to this truth is understanding that the heart is where our treasures really lie.

    Today would be a great time to evaluate the priorities in your life. Are they the values that are truly valuable? As you make loving God your top priority, your heart will be full of real treasure.

Devotional Prayer: Lord, thank You for giving me a life filled with Your treasures. Help me to never forget these true treasures.

Today's Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 31:1-32:27; Luke 12:8-34; Psalm 78:32-55; Proverbs 12:21-23