By David Martz
Today's Scripture: Luke 20:37-38
Central Thought: Life is a core belief of the Christian faith.
A core belief of Christianity is life and the reality of eternal life. God revealed Himself to Moses in the burning bush as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He is a living God, just as these patriarchs are living, although not in a physical state. Some Jewish people during New Testament times, such as the Sadducees, denied the existence of an afterlife, believing it referred to 'long” life. Jesus set the record straight to this very misled Sadducean belief.
Today's Scripture inspires hope by implying death cannot separate even the patriarchs from God's love or presence! This reminds me of Paul's statement in Philippians 1:21: 'For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” How can death be gain unless it is also life? The promise of life is not only a heavenly promise. Jesus also said, 'I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10, NIV). Life, as Jesus uses the word, is only meaningful within the context of a right relationship with Him.
What about our lives? Are we living abundant, full lives as Christ intended? It starts with repentance, a heart set free from a guilty conscience, an acknowledgement of the lordship of Jesus Christ, and a growing faith. Today and everyday we serve a living God who asks us to pass along this great promise of eternal life to others. Sadly, there are also believers who have yet to realize the abundant joy of living victorious lives. They will require an example to show them how.
Devotional Prayer: Lord, help me to celebrate the value of life in a world that celebrates death. Help me to lead others to the waters of eternal life and to live my life in accordance to Your divine will and teachings. In Jesus' name, amen.
Today's Bible Reading: Joshua 22:21-23:16; Luke 20:27-47; Psalm 89:14-37; Proverbs 13:17-19