Many have read the popular book called, Your Best Life Now. Recently, my son asked what I thought about the book. I decided to share my answer with you.
It’s human nature to want the best. The best for ourselves and our family. So naturally we’re drawn to any idea that promises such–which is why, Your Best Life Now, became a Best Seller. It teaches, if you think right, live right, and do right nothing but happy bliss and success will come your way. Who doesn’t want that, right?
The truth is you’ll never discover your “best life” through any self-help book that seems to have put a fresh touch on the old age lesson of “positive thinking.”
If we depend on our own intellect, gifts, and strengths we will never reach all God has for us because we can’t get there on our own. Jesus said, “Apart from Me you can do nothing.”
Jesus is telling us no self-help method will provide for you what only I can give you. We will never be able to better ourselves no matter how many goals we set before us. Consider what Peter said in 2 Peter 1:3, “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” A holy life is far greater than a comfortable life that is here today and gone tomorrow.
The only person who enjoys the “best life now” is the non-believer. Since life on earth is all they have, naturally it’s going to be as good as it gets. Why? They give no thought to God or the hereafter. Instead, non-believers are satisfied with pursuing what the world has to offer—pleasure, wealth, self-gratification. According to, Your Best Life Now, these things bring true happiness, AND God wants you to have these things. The bible, however, states the opposite.
God never promised us wealth, health, and happiness. We live in a sin soaked world under the influence of darkness. Jesus warned, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
While on earth, we are to expect hardships. That’s difficult to hear, I know, but perhaps it’s why Jesus said, “It’s going to be tough but remember, I’ve overcome it!” (my paraphrase) Though Jesus, Christians can experience peace and joy in the midst of trouble—but that’s not as good as it gets. One day, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Rev 21:4). So, the Christian’s “best life” is still to come.
Compared to the bible, the book, Your Best Life Now, is based on untruths. It teaches what most want to hear, but its teachings are false.
Consider the life of Jesus. He wasn’t wealthy. He didn’t even have a home. Also, take in to account what Jesus asked of his disciples. “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” (Matt 16:24). That’s a hard sell, “Guys, if you want to come with me, leave everything you care about behind.” In doing so, however, they were promised a treasure far greater than any treasure this world can offer. That’s not all.
The disciples suffered much. They encountered persecution, jail, and horrible deaths. Scripture makes it clear. The disciple’s “best life” wasn’t during their time on earth.
The bible also teaches, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven” (Matt 6:19). In other words, don’t stockpile earthly wealth. Instead, put your stock in what’s eternal–love, justice, lasting peace, unspeakable joy, and complete freedom of your old nature. This is your true life. Don’t waste time thinking about earthly things but heavenly things. No earthly treasure will ever satisfy your deepest longings for peace, love, and contentment like Jesus. He is your greatest treasure.
Unless you seek Jesus over this world, this world is the best you’ll ever get.
For the Christian, however, your best life is yet to come. And the “best” part is it will be far greater than we can imagine.