“Death is the end of something. Life, a beginning of something else, opposite of death. So, we are either living to die, or dying to live!”
In order to truly live, something must die. In Christ, we are dead to sin, dead to death and alive in Him. Just a thought.
1 Corinthians 15:54-57 (ESV)
54 When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”
55 “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Today has been a hard day already. I find a homeless woman this morning eating out of the trash and trying to find pennies on the ground that she might buy herself food. The brokenness by God’s Holy Spirit over this woman’s condition was more than I could bear. I quickly went into a local restaurant, bought a gift card and gave it to her before she left the area. On the way home from taking the children to school, I received an email that gave the grave news of a dear life-long friend of the family who is terminal. There are not words to express the pain of knowing and seeing suffering in this life, but there are even fewer words and feelings and ways to express the pain of knowing that those who are hungry and sick need much more than food and healing.
Something that God has truly been showing me is that a dead man has no control over his life, he’s dead. In the same way if the dead are to be alive, they must rely on something or someone else for resuscitation. The Gospel of John gives some understanding of God’s mighty work and great love and mercy in regards to bringing dead, blind and depraved souls to life so they might have life and eyes of faith.
There are two types of people in life, those who have been saved by the Grace of God and those who are not saved. Are you saved? This is the question that we should ask ourselves daily. Is Christ your treasure, is He your all sufficient, satisfying everything or are you looking to make off with something better? Does your heart yearn for another lover, a better life or more success? Do you desire to become something great in this life? Does the word of God bore you or are you disinterested in learning and growing? If you are able to answer yes to these questions outside of Christ being your all, then there are two truths: One, you are lost and have no relationship in Christ evidenced by your lack of passion and heart for Him and His word! Two, you are saved and are grieving the Holy Spirit and daily wonder about your salvation becoming more and more frustrated in life.
Either one of these situations are a type of death. Spiritual death in the first in that the judgment of God remains on you because you are not saved. Is God calling you to repent and trust in Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s cross? Are you grieving the Spirit and therefore have lost your joy, your hope and need to repent and come to the mercy seat? Come to Christ by faith today, no matter which place you find yourself.
The sad truth in everyone’s life is that even when we are fed and healed, we will be hungry and sick again. The only true hope is eternal life, everlasting hope that is found only the Gospel of Christ! God takes the dead and gives them life, he takes what is old and worn without hope and gives it new birth. May God do this work in your heart today. May we stop looking at the temporal and earthly or fleshly answers and begin to feast upon Christ as our eternal treasure, not our ‘map’ to eternal life.
John 1:9 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.