Friday March 25, 2005
Because He's Risen
1 Corinthians 15:54-58
Because Jesus is alive, we have the awesome confidence that God is actively involved in our life. We pray; He answers. We watch Him work in our hearts and in the lives of other people. And we have the certainty He has forgiven us of our sins. Jesus took the penalty we deserved, and as we avail ourselves of the cleansing He offers (1 John 1:9), we experience a renewed sense of fellowship with Him. When Jesus is real in our heart, we don't have to worry about defending our faith - the gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit allows us to live life in a way that brings God honor and glory.
On the other hand, people who choose to live without Christ do their own work, not His. Likewise, they consider their own will, not the Lord's and spend their time doing what they deem best without giving God a thought. When they approach death, they assume everything will somehow be all right. But people who have never trusted Jesus Christ will end their earthly existence without joy or assurance. Having missed God's specific, personal purpose for their life, they will realize that all their money, prestige, and prominence is like sand - worthless.
It's foolish to think that God will make an exception because we have been good or done our best. He offers us a free gift of the Holy Spirit so that we can enjoy peace and contentment, even in difficult times. The abundant life He offers flows over the physical and time-bound limitations of this world into eternity - but it is accessible only through His Son.
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