Manual of Life – The Book of Jesus
We just purchased a refrigerator and range. Both included a User Manual. Why do manufacturers include these?
Customer satisfaction is essential for business success, making a profit. A User’s Manual is one weapon in a company’s arsenal to enhance satisfaction by supplying as much practical information.
THE MANUFACTURER is also in business to make a profit! I created human beings to bring me glory. (Isaiah 43:7) Customer satisfaction is essential! For example, God created human beings in two models: female and male. (Genesis 1:27) “Our bodies are made in such a way as to enjoy being touched, petted, caressed, and embraced. Climaxing this capacity of the body for sensuous delight is the thrill of sexual intercourse.” (The Urges of Love) Furthermore, God created an environment of satisfaction. God planted a garden in Eden (the word means “pleasure/delight” in Hebrew) and there he placed the man he had made. (Genesis 2:8-9)
God produced a Manual for Living. “These are wise sayings written down so we’ll know how to live well … a manual for living to teach the inexperienced the ropes. (Proverbs 1:1-5) For more clarity, God also produced a video, “The Model of Life“, featuring Jesus. He said: I am the Way to the Truth about Life. (John 14:6)
It’s in Christ that we find out
who we are and what we are living for.
Long before we first heard of Christ,
he had designs on us for glorious living.
GLORIOUS LIVING. Here’s how to enter the experience. First, get connected to Jesus (Means of Life). God has given us eternal life [living at 100% satisfaction], and this life has its source in his Son. [So], whoever has the Son has eternal life. (1 John 5:11-12) “Jesus came into the created universe, bringing with him new life. Everyone who gets it gets it by personal contact with Him” (C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, p 221) PRAY: “Jesus, ditching what I have embraced as ‘life’, I want to connect with you because only through you can I experience your design for glorious living.” Here’s the guarantee. All who come to me, I will embrace … (John 6:37) NOTE: Because we are prone to disconnect, this needs to be a 24/7 prayer.
Second, open the Manual to the Gospel of Luke, reading only a small section. Let your mind and heart get saturated with Jesus. Hear his invitation: Come, follow me. (Matthew 4:19) “Walk with me!” “Watch me!” “Listen to my voice!” “Sense my compassion!” “I am the Truth about glorious living!