Life with Jesus is better than life without Him. Ask any sincere Christian, and they will tell you that they would not give up their relationship with Christ for anything in the world. Knowing and living for God is the way of wisdom, and that way is full of a joy that no amount of money can buy (Proverbs 16:16). A humble walk with Christ frees us from the selfish pride that drives people apart from God and each other (Proverbs 16:19). The Holy Spirit empowers Christians to gain victory over their anger (AMEN!) and control over their emotions, something that is very hard or even impossible to accomplish in our own strength (Proverbs 16:32). Finally, faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ can bring peace to our families, which is better than having great riches but conflict in our own homes (Proverbs 17:1. To explain it in modern terms, the Bible is saying that a meal of burgers or tacos in a house filled with Christian love and kindness is better than steak and lobster eaten by a family that is continually fighting and separated on islands of selfish living.
As students, you may not have much influence on the spiritual environment of your homes. But one day you will. One day, you will be husbands and fathers or wives and mothers and you will have the opportunity to lead your family to love and obey God. The preparation for that begins now. If your parents are strong Christians, then do everything you can to follow their example and learn to live the better way of wisdom. Be teachable and open to their correction and counsel. Let them raise you up in the fear and knowledge of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4). If your parents are not committed believers, then do your best to be Christian salt and light in your family. Obey your parents in the Lord (Ephesians 6:1) in every way that you can. Live out your faith before them, and pray daily in your private devotions for God to get ahold of their hearts. The narrow road to heaven will be tough at times, but life on this earth is going to be tough anyways. Better to live it with Jesus than without Him. You will find other saints on the road with you, too; God does not intend for us to live for Him on our own. Christian mentors and friends at school and church will help you along your journey. Pick the better way of Christ and stay the course. You will be better off for it!
The Text (Proverbs 16:16,19,32; 17:1)
16:16 How much better to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver…
16:19 Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, Than to divide the spoil with the proud…
16:32 He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.
17:1 Better is a dry morsel with quietness, Than a house full of feasting with strife.
Questions to Think About
- In what ways during the past year have you experienced the truth that “life with Christ is better”?
- What is your spiritual role in your family right now? Are you in a supporting / following role, or does God need you to step up and be a leader? Either way, in what specific ways can you better live out your faith in your home?