Greetings, David here.
Earlier this week Rob reflected on Romans 8:1-2 where Paul wrote that “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.”
The challenge for us is, do we believe this verse? Do we actually live by it and how can we do that? It’s easy to feel condemned, there are many reasons and circumstances that would lead us down this path. The question to ask thought is, who is leading us down this path? What voices are we listening to? I read earlier this week that the voices in our head or our own internal dialogue is important to listen to. If this dialogue is encouraging and affirming then its the truth, anything else is a lie. Where there is truth there is life.
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.
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.
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.
Some questions for your to ponder:
1. What makes you fully alive?
2. When was the last time you did that?
3. When will you do this next?
4. What can you do for even 10 mins each day to make you feel fully alive?
The offer is life and not condemnation. 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.