Choose Life

Greetings, David here.
A few years ago, well actually in the 1980′s, a lot of people were wearing oversized T-shirts with ‘Choose Life’ is really big letters.  I remembering wondering at the time, what is it that they are trying to communicate? Was it life, rather than death? Was is about really loving life, rather than existing? Perhaps, it was just a nice slogan that I guess most people would relate to and was a useful reminder.

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What did Jesus mean when he promised us life? Let’s go back to the source, what we find is just astounding.

I am still confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living. (Psalm 27:13)

I tell you the truth,” Jesus said to them, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age, and, in the age to come, eternal life” (Luke 18:29-30).

Jesus doesn’t locate his offer to us only in some distant future, after we’ve slogged our way through our days here on earth. He talks about a life available to us in this age. So does Paul: “Godliness has value for all things, holding promise both for the present life and the life to come” (1 Timothy 4:8). Our present life, and the next. When we hear the words “eternal life,” most of us have tended to think, “a life that waits for me in eternity.” But eternal means unending, not later. The scriptures use the term to mean you can never lose it. It’s a life that can’t be taken from you. The offer is life and that life starts now. Eternity began a long long time ago.

And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives (Romans 6:4 NLT).

The glory of God is men and women fully alive. Now. In the present. Hope unbidden rose at the thought that God’s intentions towards me might be better than I thought. That’s the offer of Christianity.

The offer is life. Make no mistake about that.

May you this week choose life in all it’s imperfections, and may you remind yourself that there is a greater story and that you have a starring role. Today may you embrace life, hold on to hope, and experience the grace of the one who is the bright morning star. The one who shines light, life and hope into each of your days.

Bright Morning Star

On the rock I sit
That is greater than I
Redeemed and restored
By the bright morning Star

As I reflect on you
In the wonder you are
My shadows fall behind
By the bright morning Star

You speak to my soul
Breathe life in my heart
You renew my mind
By the bright morning star

As you turn night into day
As come near from afar
May your love shine in me
Like the bright morning star

Finally here’s a great piece of music filled with hope and life. Soak it up.

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