Full life — 2016.03.08
Because I live, you will also live.
John 14, 19
We yearn for true life. Some throw themselves into any conceivable pleasure and need that additional adrenalin rush in order to experience a feeling of freedom again. Some live only for weekends, because then they are free from that stupid place of work or school. Some are stuck on Christian standards – I must, must, must … there is just no escaping it. Some live only for their children;- but once they leave home, life is suddenly empty and purposeless. Some live only for their friends, but these disappoint us and use us. So what, then, is true life?
I think true life is the complete satisfaction of our needs. We need love, hope, goals, strength, joy, peace, light, friendliness, friends, community…there is much that we truly need. And we only receive it from the source, which is our Maker. The source is mighty, no small, measly little trickle. It has the power to wash away all the filth in our lives and lead us to a new life. It is the refreshing wind, purification, purity, structure, pure joy, splendor.
Jesus says: I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14, 6)
Some countries in the world are in the middle of a civil war. This happens when two parties fight for the sovereignty. As a result the country is in turmoil, and no one can thrive. To us it is clear that this is not the way. And yet, many people do the exact same thing: they want Jesus to be their Lord and Saviour, yet they want to determine everything themselves. They limp on both sides: the world beckons with movies, amusement, greed… and Jesus wants to give peace. Sundays church service followed by living life like everyone else, in search and pursuit of riches, power and influence.
Jesus knows our problem. For that reason he wants us to be dead to ourselves, no longer thinking only of ourselves, having everything revolve around ourselves.
Our feelings shall no longer control us. And the spirit of the law shall no longer hold us captive: – loser, not a real Christian! You must and you should … No, where Christ reigns, freedom and joy is pure.
Have you lost joy? Perhaps Christ is no longer your Lord. Turn back to him, the Good Shepherd! Perhaps the law has ensnared you again? Then go back and accept God’s grace again! To live with Christ, that is true life, suspense, hope and joy!
Thank You, Jesus! With You, life is never boring, but full of joy! Yes, Lord, I am grateful to You for accepting me as I am. I no longer have to do this or that; I don’t need to be perfect. I can be as I am; You love me! Fill me once again with your spirit of joy!
Bible study for today: Isaiah 40, 1-11