(Sunday, July 8, 2012)
Death to Life
A few years ago, I went to a funeral service of a seventeen-year-old boy. He had grown up in my neighbourhood and we had always done well with the family. This young man had a heart defect and one day during basketball practice, his heart stopped beating. At the hospital, the doctors were unable to resuscitate him. The funeral was a sad one, as most funerals are; friends and family watched the lifeless body of a young man who had so much ahead of him.
Death is a permanent thing. You cannot become tired of being dead and come back to life. When your heart stops beating and the breath of life leaves your body, there is not return. In exceptional cases, we hear about people who have come back to life after being declared dead, but they certainly die again. Although we often do not like to talk about it, death is a natural part of life. Every person who was born on the earth will die physically, but for those who believe in Jesus Christ, we shall live again.
For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 1 Corinthians 15: 21-22
Through disobedience, Adam and Eve allowed sin to enter their hearts. They chose not to obey God’s instructions in the Garden and Eden, and as a result, they were removed from that paradise and suffered the loss of intimate fellowship with God. They died spiritually. Anyone who is separated from God is spiritually dead. God gives us the breath of life and purpose for living. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection from the dead, the connection between God and man has been repaired, and in Him, we are made alive. Not only are we given true life, the abundant life that allows us to maximize the potential hidden within, but we are also given eternal life. In Christ, we never die. Our bodies may stop working, but our true selves, the spirit man, continues to live on. We only fall asleep until we are resurrected as immortal beings who will spend eternity with Jesus Christ.
Salvation is the only way to enter into eternal life. What are the steps that we must take to ensure that we do not miss out on all that God has to offer?
- Confess with your mouth and believe in your heart. It takes a step of faith to say that Jesus Christ is truly Lord. By confessing that He is, you publically declare that you believe that He is who He says He is and that He died for your sins.
- Commit your life to God. Life in Jesus Christ is a different type of life. By ourselves, we do not know how to live it to its fullest, but He has given us His word and His spirit to guide us every day of our lives. We must depend on Him completely in all things.
- Enjoy living! Life in Christ is wonderful and exciting! We are not perfect and we will make mistakes. God’s grace is sufficient to keep you and you are already victorious.
Challenge: Are you enjoying your Christian life? Why or why not? What do you think are your stumbling blocks? What does the Scripture say about a life in Christ?