Posts Tagged ‘Life


A Matter Of Life And Death

Love is life and hatred is death according to the Apostle John. He wrote:

We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death. 15 Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him. – 1 John 3:14-15 (NIV)

John is calling for love in the church. If you look around your church family and you hate the people with whom you worship the Lord, you are guilty of murder, John says. How can you claim to love God and yet hate His people who are made in His image? How can you say you love Jesus and yet hate people for whom He died? Love is what is supposed to set the church apart! Love for God and love for people is what breathes life into the church. Do not let anger boil over into hatred. Deal with your anger before it leads to death.

Jesus Is Life

1 John 1:1 says that Jesus is the Word of life. John said that Jesus was real. He could be seen, heard and touched. John then goes on to write:

The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. – 1 John 1:2 (NIV)

Jesus is life. He does not merely give life. He was not just alive when He walked on earth. He was not only alive when God raised Him from the dead. Jesus is the very definition of life. If you want to have life, then you need Jesus. No one and nothing else can give you life the way that Jesus can. Why? Because Jesus is eternal life. Jesus said about Himself that He is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6). Many things promise life, but only Jesus delivers. He makes good on His promise to grant life and life eternal. It is because Jesus is life.

Jesus IS Life

Good Thursday morning to you! In Colossians 3:3, Paul said that our lives are hidden with Christ. He goes on to say in verse 4 that Jesus IS our very life. He says:

When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. – Colossians 3:4 (NIV)

Jesus said in the Gospel of John that He is the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25). John 1:4 (NIV) says,

In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.

Jesus rose from the dead on the third day, just as He said He would, and He lives forevermore. Those who put their trust in Him for salvation receive life from Him and will live with Him eternally. John 20:31 says that we have life in His name when we trust in Him. Jesus said that He came to give abundant life to His followers (John 10:10). If you feel like you’re living a half-life or that you have no life, then you need to trust Jesus because He IS life. He can give you life like no one else. A life filled with meaning and purpose. A life filled with joy that lasts even in hard times. A life that is filled with hope because it is a life that will never end. Jesus IS life and if you don’t know Jesus, you don’t know how good life can really be.



Securely Hidden

Good Wednesday morning to you! Paul makes it clear in the first part of Colossians 3 that we should not desire earthly things. Instead, we should desire heavenly things. Why is this? It is because we are dead to the things of this world. Look at verse 3:

For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. – Colossians 3:3 (NIV)

We have died to the things of this world, but have been raised to new life through the power of Jesus Christ. Now, we have been “hidden with Christ in God.” The idea here is of a treasure that is hidden for safe keeping. To your Heavenly Father, you are a treasure. Your life is securely and safely hidden. You don’t have to settle for being bound to the things of this world. If you are in Christ, you belong to Him and you are safely being held in Heaven with Him. Again, keep your eyes on Heaven and not on this world. This world and all of its troubles are merely temporary. Your life is with Jesus.

Break Free From The Routine

John 2:1-12 (NIV)

On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”
4 “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”
5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.
7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.
8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”
They did so, 9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”
11 What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
12 After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother and brothers and his disciples. There they stayed for a few days.

What Mary tells the servants is good advice for all Christians to follow. “Do whatever He tells you” (John 2:5, NIV). His mother, Mary, knew that Jesus could do something in this situation. I’m not sure if she knew exactly what He would do, but she knew that He was able. Jesus changed ordinary water into extraordinary wine. He can do the same thing with our ordinary lives. He can make them extraordinary. All we have to do is to do whatever He tells us.
Maybe your’re living your life in the doldrums. Maybe you’re tired of the “same old, same old” routine. Perhaps you’ve grown weary of the rut. It’s time to break out of the routine and get out of life’s rut and start seeking the will and way of God. If life has become a burdensome chore, then you need to do what Jesus tells you to do. His yoke is easy and His burden is light. He gives rest for our weary souls. I believe that He also gives purpose to our bored souls. Many people are searching for meaning and purpose to their ordinary lives. Jesus can give us an extraordinary purpose – to live for Him on the adventure of a lifetime.
Don’t settle for the same stuff, different day kind of life. Let Jesus take control by doing whatever He tells you to do. Seek His will and His way and He’ll lead you into abundant life.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I am tired of the rut and the routine. I want an extraordinary life with Jesus. Help me to break free from the boring and to embrace your will boldly. Lead me today in Your will and in Your way. Thank You for Jesus, amen.

Lead Me And Surprise Me, Lord

John 1:43-51 (NIV)

The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.”
44 Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. 45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
46 “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.
“Come and see,” said Philip.
47 When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.”
48 “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.
Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”
49 Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.”
50 Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” 51 He then added, “Very truly I tell you, you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’ the Son of Man.”

When Jesus called Nathanael, He called him to an adventure unlike any other. Jesus had prophesied that He had seen Nathanael under a fig tree when Philip told him about Jesus of Nazareth. Nathanael was skeptical at first. “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” (John 1:46, NIV). It was such a nowhere place. How could the Messiah come from Nazareth? So Jesus did something nearly unbelievable and called Nathanael to a greater adventure than he could imagine.

The life of following Jesus is an adventure, yet too often we settle for a ho-hum kind of life. The mundane is more like it. We somehow fall for a lie that following Jesus is boring. We are told by those in the world that following Jesus isn’t any “fun.” We’re just a bunch of party-poopers sitting around waiting to go to Heaven and trying to be “good Christians” as we wait. But what if there is more? What if there is an adventure of service and ministry that we could be living? What if there is an adventure of fellowship that we could experience? To invest our lives in helping others find and follow Jesus, the One who gives life and hope to all who believe, is truly an adventure. To experience God’s grace and love in our lives as He leads us home is an adventure.

We should be more like Jesus’ disciples as we learn from Him. We need to awaken each day with the words, “Lead me and surprise me, Lord” on our lips. Live a life of abundant hope and joy in the Lord. Find the purpose for which God created you. Share your faith with those who don’t know Jesus yet. Go on a mission trip to dig wells in Africa or build houses in Haiti. Get out there and LIVE your faith instead of giving lip service to it. When we do, we’ll see greater and greater things as God works through us to change lives for His glory.

PRAYER: Lead me and surprise me today, O Lord. Take me on an adventure of faith by Your Holy Spirit. Call me out of the mundane and into abundant life. In Jesus’ name, amen.


Reflecting His Light

John 1:1-5 (NIV)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

It’s a different kind of Creation story. The Gospel of John begins with the same words as Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning…” We see in John’s Gospel that the Word, the Lord Jesus Christ, was with God the Father in the beginning and through Him all things were created. In Genesis 1, God said, “Let there be light…” (Genesis 1:3, NIV). In John 1:4, we read that Jesus is life and that His life is light. The life and light of Jesus shines in the darkest corners of the world and darkness cannot overcome nor overpower His light.

The light of Jesus still shines in the darkness today through His people. As the moon reflects the light of the sun, so do Jesus’ followers reflect the light of the Son. We must always remember that Jesus is the light of the world, not us. We cannot do anything apart from Him. Reflecting any other light is futile for darkness can overcome any other light that is not divine. Our love for the world has to be motivated by the love God has for the world. That love was demonstrated on the cross where Jesus died for the world. Through His sacrifice we have been set free from sin and its consequences. Now we share that good news through word and deed with a world that is in desperate need of light.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I want to reflect Your light today. Fill me with Your life and light as I move about through the world today. May I bring glory to Your name, amen.

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