We're back and ready to dig into what God has to say when it comes to life. Did you get the chance to dig into the questions from the Define Life post? Anything you were surprised by? We'd love for you to share in the comments.
While we could spend thousands of words talking about what God has to say about life, we thought we'd dig into our top three and then encourage you to study this word for what God has to say and come back and share anything you learn.
For our first point, we've got to head back to the beginning of creation for this one. But this time we're not headed to Genesis, but John 1, where it says:
In, the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made, and without Him, nothing was made that has been made.
Through the word, everything was made. If you continue reading in John 1, you'll see the word John is referring to is Jesus. And also, in Colossians 1:17, it says,
"He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together."
Why does this matter? We'll be asking that question a lot here.
It matters because we are all made from Jesus, which means we are all connected to Jesus in some way. It's our original design - the foundation for all of life. We were all made from Jesus, which means we are all connected to Jesus in some way. Without him, we wouldn't be here. God is not only concerned with the creation of life, but the quality of life matters to God as well. Leading us to the second point.
Jesus came to earth as fully God and man so that we would have life. As John records Jesus saying in John 10:10,
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it in all its fullness."
God is not only the author of life and how life comes to be. He also makes a way that we may have life to the fullest, making not just the reality but the quality of our life different. God doesn't just want us to exist. He wants us to thrive.
The word fullness in John 10:10 means superabundant or superior; by implication, excessive. If I had to guess, this isn't what we'd classify our life as. We don't look around and think, look at my "superabundant" life. But that's what Jesus came to this earth to give us. And it's ours to have. We have to look to him to define what that exactly means.
Leading us to our third and final point - eternal life. This is how God defined life. It's not something that begins when we die. It's something we enter into when we stop living in denial of what God has to say and start agreeing with him.
What is Eternal life?
Well, we know it's of most importance to God because He was willing to allow the murder of His Son for us to have access to it.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3.16
The wages for our sin, the way things should have gone if God didn't give us his grace and mercy, would be for us to pay for our sins. But because Jesus submitted to God and took him at his word. He went to the cross — an act of serving God and His will and surrendering His own.
If you struggle to believe in eternal life, we recommend reading through 1 John as that's the purpose of his Gospel. See 1 John 5:13,
"I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life."
You'll also see in the first chapter of 1 John that he writes about that which they saw with their eyes, touched with their hands, concerning the word of life.
The word life to God doesn't merely mean existence. He says those who don't believe in Jesus, in fact, aren't alive but dead.
Romans 6:13, "present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life."
We don't have access to life because we aren't willing to put our trust and faith in the source of life - Jesus.
Faith is a gift from God, and once we receive it from him, we have eternal life. A fullness of life that begins at that point, and the more we grow deeper with Jesus, the more that fullness comes about. The fancy Christian word for that is Sanctification. Taking the lies and fears that are stealing the abundant eternal life from us and telling the enemy of our soul, we don't believe him anymore, but that we believe God and what He has to say.
So in our desire to redefine life, we need to see that life is God's idea. He created us and made a way for us to have it. But it doesn't stop there how we live matters. And God loves us so much He wants us to live it abundantly. He is so committed to He was willing to sacrifice His Son so we could have the option for abundant eternal life.
We are called to fight the good fight of faith for what is ours, eternal life. No longer focused on the number of our days, but the quality of them. This is what God calls life.
Our prayer is that if you have yet to say yes to Jesus and agree with what He says about you, that you'd do that today and start the beginning of your eternal life. If you're already a Christian, our prayer for you is that you'd ask God what is keeping you back from living out your eternal life today. That you'd wake up and not live asleep at the wheel of the abundance God wants you to have in your life.
This isn't about prosperity. This is about an overflow of the very things God has given us, which is Himself. If you don't know what that means, that's why we read our Bible. To see our God and what He has to say about life and what He has for us. A life with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. This life is for you friend. We'd love for you to join us as we live it out.
With Love. In Christ.
The OBL Gals.
After reading today's blog post, we have the following questions to consider
Do you feel like eternal life is something you've been currently living? If not, how come? And if not, is this something you want to step into now?
What from today's post do you want to use to redefine your understanding of life?
Is there anything else you feel like God wants you to see when it comes to the concept of life and redefining it?
Have you been more concerned with the quantity or quality of your life? How can you today start inspecting the quality and see what God has to say?
Because we're all about digging deep, click here to 99 other verses on the topic of life!
We'd love for you to share below your biggest takeaway from the week!