Live Like You’ve Chosen Eternal Life, not Death

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“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)

Sin leads to death: physical death, spiritual death, death of relationship, etc. Any time something dies, it is the wages of sin–Adam’s in the garden at minimum.  But this law no longer has the last word. Oh death, where is your victory? Oh grave, where is your sting?

Because the Lord’s tomb is empty, and sin is nailed to the cross, this physical life is not the end, His Spirit can live in us, we are restored to relationship with Him and sometimes with each other–not as often as it should happen, but new beginnings are possible at the cross. Eternal life is a freely bestowed gift–to those of us in Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Let’s show we’re truly grateful today for his gift. And honor him as Lord, not merely out of obligation and fear of hell, but out of love. Lets no longer sow death into our temporal lives; lets truly seek to live in Christ and walk as Jesus walks. He’s made the impossible possible, so lets embrace his power at work in us today, the grace available to live like we have eternal life.

Lord, thank you for your amazing gift. Thank you for setting us free. Strengthen us today to walk in your ways. Show us if there is any wicked way in us you want us to turn from and give up today. Give us the desire and the hunger and the passion to become like you today. We don’t want to live like we did when we were sold to death. Show us in our lives and our own hearts what it means to live like we have eternal life, to live like a citizen of Heaven. Remove all our fears, so only gratitude for your finished work and desire to be like you would motivate us. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Keep Your Eye on the Prize

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“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” (James 1:12)

Recently we’ve talked about, based on psalms, pressing our roots down into the streams of living water flowing from the Lord being the key to weathering the storms of life (okay, so we used desert imagery.) Here James reasserts plainly the need for the steadfastness implied by the tree roots dipped into a flowing river so it has the resources to survive no matter what the weather of the world throws at it.

Let’s today take this blessing at giving us hope in times of trial, that we might press  on through them for the promised prize of a crown of life and eternity with the Lord we love. Remember what you’re fighting for and don’t quit. Hold fast to him, seek his presence. Don’t hide hurt and doubt down in your heart, however, pour it out before him in faith, then turn and praise him, leaning on his word and his promises to you.

We thank you, Lord, that you have promised a crown of life to those of us who love you, if we do not faint and desert you in the heat of trial and tribulation. Strengthen us to carry on. We pour out before you any hurt feelings and doubt dragging us down, and we name them specifically as we release them to you:

We love you, Lord, I pray we would show it today. Remind us, with prompting from your holy spirit, throughout this day, to turn our eyes on you and remember you’re the one we’re serving, and the goals you have given us, from your word and specifically in our lives. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.