Saturday, January 20, 2007

God of the Living

"For He is not the God of the dead but of the living, for all live to Him." Luke 20:38

In response to the Sadducees' attempt to test Jesus on the issue of the resurrection, Jesus brings vital clarification to the position of God. He emphasizes the fact that God is the God of the "living." This concept not only describes the resurrection and the hope for eternal life, but it also sheds light on the life a follower should live.

Those who serve God should demonstrate life. All too often we fall into a routine of lifeless monotony. We perform the duties of a Christian, but the dearth of love, joy, and passion really does not dictate "living" at all. The dryness of the service causes us to seem rather dead. We simply wait for the day to end, the time to transpire, and perhaps long for another day or another period of less dreariness. However, the God we serve is not the God of the dead. He desires for us to experience life everyday starting now until eternity. Death for the believer does not exist. Though our earthly bodies may perish, we continue to live forever.

If the life we live seems dead, perhaps it's because it lacks God. It is in this moment of realization that we should evaluate our values and priorities, and perhaps make a change.

Dear God,

Please help me to live my life rather than allow the time to fade and the moment to pass. Help me to actually live. Come into my life and bring the joy I need.

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