Updated: Feb 10
As Christians we know, Jesus died on the cross for our salvation.
From that salvation Jesus offers us eternal life.
More than just an eternal life, we are offered paradise. (Luke 23:43)
Conclusion, when we die we will go to heaven which is paradise...
WAIT A MINUTE! What about that time between now and death?
It seems to me that people think the "good life" doesn't start until after we die. The good life comes after we have put up with enough crap in this world.
But God doesn't want you to just have eternal life after you physically die. God wants you to have a good life now.
God offers us life right now! For those who abide in him will bear much fruit but apart from him we can do nothing. (John 15:5)
Not only does God offer us life but a full life. "These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full." John 15:11
This is all great news but are we taking advantage of the full life God offers?
How can we have life full of joy if we are sick, weak and unhealthy?
Of course in John 16:33 we are told that there would be trouble and suffering. "I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation..."
However, God doesn't wants us to live as victims of this troubled world. Jesus finishes the verse of John 16:33 with a call to action and reminder, "...But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Should we live as sick, frail image bearers of God when we have the ability to avoid illness and weakness? I say, no!
We are called to courage and action. We are called to abide in God's word that we may have hope, a future and prosper. (Jeremiah 29:11)
Even-more-so, with God as our Father, would he want his children to live carrying on as victims, unwilling to use the bodies, minds or spirits?
How many of you would want to see your children not living up to their potential?
As a loving parent, God doesn't force us into anything. God also doesn't just give us everything we want.
He does give us what we need.
And everything we need to live a healthy, joyful and abundant life is offered to us.
We must choose to make the effort to use what he does give us.
Are you willing to take hold of a new life, a better life, in Christ?
I can hear some of you already.
Our physical health isn't as important as our spiritual well-being.
Alas... Paul does tell us in the second letter to the Corinthians to "fix our eyes on what is unseen" (2 Corinthians 4:18)
However, fixing our eyes on a spot in the distance doesn't get us there. It just gives us a direction to go. We are still physical beings and must live in the physical world until we are taken to paradise.
So as we fix our eyes on Jesus we now have a motive, a purpose, and direction on how to live while we sojourn in this world.
Besides, why would Jesus walk around healing people's physical ailments; if our physical being had no affect of on our spirits?
Does not our body, mind and spirit intertwine?
"A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones." Proverbs 17:22
So, I ask again, "Are you willing to take hold of a new life, a better life, in Christ?"
A life of physical, mental and spiritual health?
Yes, you will have troubles but you have a hope and a future.
Are you willing to experience a new life?
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