What the Bible refers to as death, people who don’t know Christ regard as life, and vice versa. When I was a teen, my concept of Christianity was that God wanted to take all the fun out of living. I got this perverted view from a couple of girls in my class who were part of the holiness movement. They wore long dresses and no makeup or jewelry.
One of them was always preaching to me the gospel of do’s and don’ts, as if anything that was fun should be shunned as sin or unacceptable to God. Sometimes, she invited me to church. But I avoided her like the plague. Of course, that was hard to do since we attended class together each day. Once I accepted Christ and came to know the truth, it revolutionized my whole concept of life. True life is much more than things such as partying, gratification of the flesh, and materialism.
As I write this blog, I am in the state of Massachusetts for a week of vacation. I drove here from my home in Georgia. We divided the 1000 mile trip into two days, stopping in Washington, D. C., where I have a son in college. We arrived at the campus about 11:00 p.m. due to a serious accident and long traffic delays on the interstate. As we arrived at the campus and made our way to my son’s dorm, we saw lots of the students walking around. Several of the girls were dressed like young hookers. The whole scene on and around the campus was pretty wild. Yes, as a parent of a student there, what I saw concerned me. As it was with me when I was the age of these students, this is their concept of life.
Jesus came to give us true life. “The thief cometh not; but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly,” He said (John 10:10). His mission is twofold: life, and life more abundantly. Everybody who has become born again has true life because at that instant, the person has passed from death to life. But God also wants us to experience abundant living through our faith in Him that revolutionizes every aspect of our life. “Impossible, can’t do, too hard,” etc., do not belong in our vocabulary. We can do all things through Christ. Christians who fail to live this faith-driven life are not experiencing the abundant living Christ came to give us.
In the verse above, Jesus said the enemy comes to kill, to steal, and destroy. Right now, our nation faces so many huge challenges, it is as if the devil wants to kill the very soul of this nation. I still stand in awe of the environmental disaster currently occurring with the oil leak into the Gulf. Not that I believe this to be the work of the devil. But he can and often does exploit tragedies like these to wreak havoc in the lives of as many people as he can.
But hear ye the words of the Lord. Jesus acknowledged the work of the enemy in the same breath in which He said He came to give us life, and that more abundantly. He is telling us that in Him, we can live and experience abundant life in spite of the works of the devil, in spite of the gloom and doom of this world. So let us look up and live.
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