LIVE! That’s LIVE as in alive in Christ. This week’s letter in the alphabet of Christianity causes us to celebrate our life in Christ; eye-opening Scriptures help us feel the pulse-beat of a Christian.
– Christ invites us to live. He said, “I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life.” (John 6:47) While the wages of sin is both physical and spiritual death, the benefits of believing are eternal life and physical resurrection. Incredible! Eternal life is knowing, loving and living in the Lord forever. Fact: First you must receive “the LIFE” before you can live “the LIFE”.
– We live in the Father – He’s our source, He shapes us, He directs us.
Apostle Paul said, “In Him we live and move and have our being.” (Acts 17:28) Our first thought daily toward being the Christian we’ve become is to acknowledge our life-giver and move ahead with Him – security and clarity!
– We see how to live by faith. God tells us in His Word, “We live by faith and not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7) Faith is seeing reality, which we couldn’t see before, with the vision God gives. It’s beyond physical, it’s spiritually penetrating. God grants high definition hindsight, insight and foresight in Christ when He opens the eyes of our heart.
– We live “step by step” in the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is our Counselor, our choreographer of life. He’s our GGPS – God’s Global Positioning System – to keep us moving toward our heavenly goal: “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:25) If you look back over what you’ve read, you’ll see how God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are giving you power for living. Your faith is the catalyst – withtout faith it’s impossible.
A Christian lives, then exits with great expectations! Scripture says, “To live is Christ and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21) Who but God can make such a promise and deliver it? No one! BUT – we must act by faith, trust God’s Son, Jesus, for eternal life. Simon Peter said, “…be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure…and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:10)
May we both hear those fabulous words of welcome!
Love in Christ, Chuck Brannon