Devotion: Monday, February 26, 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.

What a powerful, purposeful, joyful statement about life and God’s will for your life and mine. Abundant, eternal life, that’s God’s design for every human being in the world. Abundant, eternal life, that’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.

The Bible states from the very beginning that life is something that God gives, that God sustains, and even redeems. Already in the first book of the Bible, 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 rejection of life period. 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?

It is at this moment most of all that we remember that Life is God’s to give and that He not only tells us this, He literally came to earth to live, to die, to rise again so that we might indeed have life in His Name! When thinking about basic truths like the sanctity of life, 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 Christians 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 can not do for us, but for who they are, first and foremost, as “people created and redeemed by God.”