Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Life is. . .

Abundant Life After Loss

There is a long list of words and phrases used to describe life. The results of my "life is" Google search on New Year's Day morning 2013 began with:

Life is beautiful                                   
Life is good

Life is short

Life is like a camera

Life is a highway

Life is like a box of chocolates
These are true, to a point. Let's insert the unspoken "always" and see how they sound. The top two are now false statements regardless of your life status. Out of the last four, Forest Gump's mama has the best chance of passing the "always" test. What other "life is" quotes come to mind? Do they pass the "always" test? I am quite surprised that none of the negative statements about life were at the top of the list. We all know they're out there in record numbers though. They also become false when the unspoken "always" is added.

Take another look at my Google search results. There is nothing here to anchor life to. Four are positive thinking that won't hold when life gets ugly, bad, you take your last shot, or you run out of highway. The other two speak to the uncertainty about the amount of life we have left and what it will give us. Anchor your life to one of these or the vast majority others and it becomes subject to chance. These also lack any hope beyond life on planet earth.

Fortunately, Google (or any other search engine) isn't our only source of answers to what life is. God gave us  the Bible, to not only to give us the broad answer, but to give us every answer we need to live an abundant life on this earth; and an unfathomable eternal life afterward. Find a Bible with a good concordance or find an online Bible and search for life. I am interested in what you find. Please let me know by using the space for comments below. Other comments on life and all Jesus has to say about it are welcomed also. 

The Bible has much to say about life; it all comes back to one answer though. LIFE IS JESUS!

Without Him we have no hope. You may have "the good life" but when you die and stand before God nothing you had or did will matter. God will be concerned with only one thing. Did you accept my Son Jesus' sacrifice for your sin? Did you make Him your Savior and Lord? 

John 3:16 says: God so loved the (people of the) world that He gave His one and only Son (to die in your place) that whosoever (that means you) believes in (Jesus) should not perish but have everlasting LIFE. 

John 14:6 says: I (Jesus) am the Way, the Truth, and the LIFE: no one comes to (God) the Father but by me.

I John 5:12 says: Anyone that has the Son (Jesus) has LIFE; and anyone that has not the Son of God has not LIFE

Do you have a personal relationship with God's Son Jesus? If not, start that relationship now. Simply accept God's gift to you in prayer right where you are.

Ephesians 2:8 says: By grace are you saved through faith; and not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.

Romans 10:9 says: If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord (of your life), and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved (from the penalty of your sins; which is death).

Jesus died for all mankind. It is not too much that He asks us to give our lives in return for Him. That is the only way to have a life on this earth that has meaning and purpose now and in eternity.

Please let me know if you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior. I will celebrate with you and let you know more about this new life you have.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the reminders from God's word, Steven. Jesus truly is our gift of life.