Thursday, August 21, 2008

Our Lifeblood

The Heart of All Things: Part 1

Jesus has come to give us life, and we know that we have this life we are connected to Him. How are we connected to Jesus? It is through our obedience that we remain connected to Jesus. This is more than adhering to the do not’s of Scripture, but it is the aligning of our wills to the will of God. We are living God’s will when we help people who are need, when we love the outcasts and rejects, and teach the truth to people who are lost. In other words it is when we follow the example of Jesus and hold on to the promises that He has given to us. Jesus is the source of abundant eternal life.

What does this life look like? How do we know if we are living the true life from Jesus? Consider this question for a moment: When do you feel the most alive? If you are anything like me I would bet that you feel the most alive when you are doing things with or for other people. You feel alive when you are with friends talking about the “good old days”. Perhaps you feel alive when you help your grandchildren make exciting discoveries. Or maybe you have felt alive when you were able to help someone who really needed your help.

Love is essential for living true life. We see glimpses of this truth as we think about the experiences we have had in our lives, when we have shared our lives with others. Think about this question: How has love enriched my life?

According to the Gospels Jesus has come to give us life (John 10:10). This life isn’t something that is reserved for us when we get to heaven, but is something that is ours right now, today. How do we live this new life Jesus has promised to us?

The biggest obstacle that we have to face in living true eternal life today is that it doesn’t feel like it is any different than what life was before. In fact at times it seems to be more difficult. That is because our lives are being opposed. Before time there was a great rebellion in Heaven as Satan set himself in opposition to the will of God. He is in constant opposition to God’s will, that includes us living the life that Jesus has secured for us through His death and resurrection.

As long as we are living here on earth life is going to be a struggle, because our lives are being opposed. We cannot afford to give up on this struggle. Remember Jesus’ promised to return and make everything right as He completes His mission to destroy the work of the devil. Find hope in the promise and strength in the example of Christ Jesus our Lord. We are going to have to fight for life.

As we struggle to live life we need to remember something very important: Love is the lifeblood of eternal life. Be reminded of what Jesus told His disciples the night He was betrayed:
“I am giving you a new commandment to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35; ISV)

Jesus explains that if we are going to obey Him, if we are going to follow Him, then we need to love. Love must be the defining characteristic of our lives. Eternal life will continue to flow through our veins as long as we continue to love. We need to love God and love people. Without love our lives we shrivel up and die. It is love that will keep us alive for eternity.

  • Point to Ponder: Love is the lifeblood of eternal life.
  • Passage to Remember: John 13:34-35
  • Question to Consider: How has love enriched your life?

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