Life At Its Best
From the way people talk and many Christians act, you would think Jesus came to found a cemetery and make us as much like dead people as possible. Ask a typical person who a Christian is and don’t be surprised if he tells you a Christian is someone who does not smoke, drink, cuss or fornicate, and does not enjoy his life. But if that is what makes a person a Christian, then the place to find the best Christians in town is in the local cemetery because you will not find joy there, and you will never catch them cussing, smoking, drinking, or fornicating.
Now, no sincere Christian will practice sin since grace teaches him or her to say no to ungodliness and worldly lusts. But a person is not a Christian just because he or she does not do certain things. And the church is not a cemetery filled with lifeless people!
To the contrary, Jesus came to give life to the dead. Listen to Him speak:
“The thief did not come but to steal, kill and destroy, but I have come that they may have life and that more abundantly.” (John 10:10)
It could not be more clear. He came to make dead men live. He came so that men would experience life “more abundantly.”
Jesus is using a superlative to help us understand how full a life He came to give us. Abundant life is life that is fuller than full, greater than great, and better than best. It is a life that has both earthly significance and eternal ramifications. It is life that is both challenging and immensely satisfying.
The source of abundant life is Jesus Himself. “I am the way, the truth, and the life,” He said. “No one comes to the Father except through Me.” And later John writes in 1 John 5:12, “He who has the Son has life.”
Here we find the true definition of a Christian and he is not merely one who does not practice sin. No, he is much more than that. He is the person who has the Son–that is, the one into whom Jesus has come, and through whom Jesus is living.
And that my friend, Jesus living and working in you, both to will and do His good pleasure, is life at its best. No, it’s life that is better than best! It’s life abundant.
A bumper sticker I read some time ago captures this truth well. “No Jesus, no life. Know Jesus, know life.”
I am glad I accepted His offer of life years ago and started to look to Him daily to live through me. What a difference He has made for me! I know He can do the same for you too.