Greetings, David here.
This week Rob reflected on life – eternal life. He mentioned that this eternal life has started for us already. We have now been set free to live life on God’s terms. We have been set free to become more like Jesus. We have been set free to live life in all its fullness (John 10:10).
What would happen if we actually believed this – really believed it, if you came to the place where you knew it was true? Your life would never be the same. ‘If we believed that we could do anything. We would follow him anywhere!”
You probably can’t imagine there being a glory in your life, let alone one that the Enemy fears. But remember things are not what they seem. We are not what we seem. You probably believed that your heart was bad too. There is more. Not only does Christ say to you that your heart is good, he invites you now out of the shadows to unveil your glory. You have a role you never dreamed of having.
We are in the process of being shaped, renewed, restored and unveiled. We were created to reflect God’s glory, born to bear his image, and he ransomed us to reflect that glory again. Every heart was given a mythic glory, and that glory is being restored.
Does the Bible teach that Christians are nothing but sinners – that there is nothing good in us? The answer is no! You have a new heart. Your heart is good. That sinful nature you battle is not who you are.
We have no idea who we really are. Whatever glory bestowed, whatever glory is being restored, we thought the whole Christian thing was about… something else. Trying not to sin. Going to church. Being nice. Jesus says it is about healing your heart, setting it free, restoring your glory. A religious fog has tried to veil all that, put us under some sort of spell or amnesia, to keep us from coming alive to the life eternal – here and now.
Some questions for you to reflect on:
1. If eternal life is real, here and now – what does this mean to you?
2. What is your best hope and worst fear?
3. How will this shape the rest of your life?
4. What do you need to do next?
May you, my brothers and sisters, come to know about how Jesus has given you a new heart, and how he continue to chisel and shape your life. May you recall how you have been renewed and restored, and look for ways this week where Jesus continues to mould you like clay.
Some content adapted from Waking the Dead, by John Eldredge.