Devotion: Monday, April 9, 2018

A Biblical, Christ-filled word to bless your lives. 

Welcome to “Word from The Center” MONDAY, a devotional word from the Center of our faith, Jesus Christ, reflections from His Word. I’m Gregory Seltz. Today’s verse is from John 10:10 where Jesus says,

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

With Easter still worshipfully “large in the rear-view mirror,” it’s good to be reminded again and again about what this Good News of the Gospel is all about. It’s about life — abundant, eternal, grace-filled, mercifully-living — LIFE! It’s life as God’s gift for you to be lived boldly for others in His name. There’s just one catch. It’s His life to give.

With Easter Joy, remember that the Bible states from the very beginning that life is something that God gives, that God sustains, and even redeems. Genesis chapter 2, it states that “the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”

Rejection of “life as a gift” from God is a rejection of life as our Creator intended for us to receive it. And that might be where you find yourself today dear friend. If you are like me, you tend to think that life is something that you control, that life is only what you make it. That might sound good for a time, but what happens when you and I make a mess of things? What happens when we realize that “life” is really out of our control?

But this is the moment that Good Friday and Easter call us to remember that while Life is God’s to give, He literally came to earth to live, to die, and as we have celebrated just days ago, to rise again so that we might indeed have life in His Name! When thinking about basic truths like the sanctity of life, liberty, freedom, we remember that God is love, yes! God is life, yes! And human beings are truly alive when they are aligned with the one who not only created them, but also redeemed them so that by Grace through Faith, all might receive “abundant, eternal life.”

When believers in Jesus stand for life in our culture today, we aren’t standing for ourselves. We are not standing for some political position or posture alone, no. We are standing for the idea that human life is precious, that people are valuable, not for what they can or cannot do for us, but for who they are, first and foremost, as “people created and redeemed by God.”

PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, we rejoice in the reality of your work for us, for all. With Easter Joy give us the courage to know and believe that my life is in your hands, that it has eternal purpose with you. Teach me to cherish Life as sacred, purposed, gifted, and eternal in you for all. AMEN.