When was the last time you felt really alive? Like all your senses were on high alert, your energy maxed out, radiant with life and enthusiasm? When was the last time you felt on top of the world? Can you remember the last time you enjoyed life so much that you laughed till your stomach ached, or the last time the alarm went off in the morning you just couldn’t wait to launch into another day?
Or do you more often feel like life is dull, insignificant, unexciting. You find yourself hanging a poster of Ecclesiastes 1:2 on your fridge door – “‘Meaningless! Meaningless!’ says the Teacher. ‘Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.’” Do you feel that life is a chore? Nothing but routine?
I’m not talking about temperament here – we all know people who are just naturally bubbly and seem to be really alive all the time. We all know people that are just naturally the opposite. I’m talking about more than that. I’m talking about how you feel about your life – do you feel full and meaningful and significant and alive, or do you feel empty?
I’m also not talking about what I call “beer commercial” living – beautiful people with cool sunglasses and perfect bodies in bikinis and speedos playing volleyball barefoot in the snow.
I AM talking about how you feel about your life in those quiet moments of reflection. What do you think of your life before you go to sleep at night? No matter how you feel or what you think, the good news is this…
Jesus is Alive! And Jesus said, in John 10:10: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” By “the thief,” He means Satan. And He contrasts the devil’s desire – to steal and kill and destroy, to rob us of life and joy and happiness – with His desire, which is to bring life “to the full.”
It is clear from Scripture that God’s desire for us is to know a fullness in life here on earth. His desire is that we could in all honesty respond to that question, “how are you really doing?” by saying: “I’m doing great!.”
If that is not your response, you may have been robbed of the life that God desires. The thief has slipped into your life and stolen something that does not belong to him, and has replaced the true life that God desires for you with disappointment and disillusionment.
I’m not saying Jesus is here promising a life of ease and luxury. But, in the midst of all that is “life” here on earth – which includes challenges and disappointments and sickness and loss – in the midst of all that, are you truly alive?
I’ll talk more about this tomorrow, but for today, what is the Holy Spirit saying to you right now? What do you need to lay before God – what do you need to give to Him so that you can receive the blessing He wants to give you? Pray on it tonight -