The Sustainable Life - Pt. 2
by Pastor Derrick Jackson on January 10th, 2011

A life that is sustainable is a life committed to the Biblical paradigm of submission to the liberating nature and eternality of Jesus Christ.

The earthly ministry of Jesus Christ sought to reintroduce and reveal God's love to all humanity.
It has always been God's desire since the beginning of time to establish and sustain a thriving relationship with His greatest creation, human beings.

There are certain characteristics that must be incorporated into our daily living in order to "Live A Sustainable Life." These characteristics include:
Love
Teachability
Loyalty/Faithfulness
Equitability (Being Just / Being Principled)

The Sustainable Life is a life that glorifies God and positions future generations to be their best in God.

Who I Am and What I Do – can that be sustained BY GOD throughout the rest of my life and in the lives of those coming after me?

Who I Am and What I Do – can that be sustained BY ME throughout the rest of my life and in the lives of those coming after me?

Everyone, whether by accident or intentionally, is building a legacy. Our legacy is molded and shaped by "who we are" and "what we do". WE CAN CONTROL OUR LEGACY.

To build a life and a legacy that God can and will sustain, study the ANT – The Ant Leads A Life That is Sustainable Throughout His Generation/Season.

Proverbs 6 (NIV)
6 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!
7 It has no commander, no overseer or ruler,
8 yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.
9 How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep?
10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—
11 and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man. [fn1]

“Living An Unsustainable Life WILL LEAD TO POVERTY in our lives and in the lives of those generations that follow us.”
– Why is an impoverished life unsustainable?
answer: The impoverished have decereased control over their daily living or their destiny.

The Word of God instructs us to be INDUSTRIOUS. The resources needed to be industrious are granted to us by God. The ability to posses these resources (health, financial means, advanced education, ideas) are often granted us to in the form of opportunities that we must choose to accept or reject. We are encouraged and even commanded by God to share our resources/abundance with others. Our sharing with the impoverished will help them overcome their decreased ability to live sustainable lives. <end>


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