Got life?

Today’s verse is 1 John 5:12.

12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life.

I’m going to be brief this morning, mainly because there’s not much I can say about this verse. It’s pretty self explanatory. It’s one of those verses in the Bible that can probably cause a lot of controversy because it’s very straightforward.

If you believe in Christ, you have life.

If you don’t believe in Christ, you don’t have life.

Straight. To the point. Clear.

If you have the opportunity, you really should read all of 1 John 5. It talks a lot about how a Christian should live and about how we know Jesus is the Son of God.

But the most basic point from this section is this: Jesus is the Son of God, and if you know Him, you have eternal, real life.

The life we’re living now isn’t eternal and it sure isn’t real. People say that we live in a real world, but we don’t. Earth — the earth that we see, at least — is temporary, a mere shadow of what exists beneath it.

I love The Matrix because it’s such a clear picture of a false world people think is real.

The Bible tells us that the things we see will pass away but that it’s the things we can’t see that will last forever. It’s the things we can’t see — the soul, God, Love — that are real.

Until you know Christ, you won’t grasp any of those unseen things.

It’s a simple concept, but it’s a hard one to swallow because people say it’s exclusive. Well, it’s not. Being exclusive is refusing to accept someone because of something about them — their hair, their skin color, their history. No one is excluded from the offer of salvation through Christ. Everyone is welcome, and everyone has a choice. The church has done a lot of harm in this matter, though, and if you would ask a lot of churches in America today, they would tell you there are requirements in how you look or how you act. They would tell you to get your life straightened out before you came to Christ, and that’s not true.

God wants us just the way we are. If we waited until we got our lives straightened out, we’d never come at all because none of us will ever be right until we come to Christ. And even after we come to Him, all that means is that we’ve asked for forgiveness for the things we’ve done wrong and He’s forgiven us. That’s it. We’re still the screwed up people we’ve always been, and we’ll still make mistakes. But we have the Holy Spirit inside us, helping us get through life and urging us to make the right choices.

I want to live a real life, and I don’t just mean being genuine. I want to live a life that focuses on real things — on people, on God, on my relationship with God. Those are the things that will last forever. Not my material possessions. Not my education. Not my wealth (or lack thereof). Are all of these things good? Well, yes, they’re nice, and I’m thankful for what I have, but I don’t have to live my life based on them.

I know Jesus personally, so that means I have life. So it’s my responsibility to live the life He’s given me to its fullest extent, focusing on the things that will last forever. Because if you build your life on an eternal foundation, when everything else falls apart around you, your life will still be standing.

Encouragement for a Monday morning

Ephesians 1:18 – I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he has called – his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.

This was my verse for today and it really encouraged me.

With the end of Judgement House this year, I’m expecting a bit of gloom to settle over everything. It always does. So I was super excited to pick up my e-mail this morning and see this verse smiling at me.

What a difference a single little modifier makes! The word confident shouted out from the page at me this morning. Paul didn’t pray just for us to remember the hope we have in Christ . . . but that we would remember the confident hope we have. Confidence makes all the difference in the world.

You can hope for something without really believing it will come true. I do it all the time, I hate to admit. I’m an unpublished writer. =) Hope is my bread and butter. But confident hope? That’s something different.

We can hope confidently in the promises God has made to us because He is trustworthy. We can trust Him–and be confident in Him–because He is who He is.

Craziness

So . . . Life is crazy. I just thought I’d share that.

Work is great but really nuts. So much to do. I’ve been pulling 12 hour shifts with no real break for lunch, and now I’m going to have to start working from home on some weekends too. But it’s all good. =) Once November 1 hits, all the deadlines will pass and things will slow down.

Judgement House is getting ready to start too!

So exciting! I will try to post more when I have a moment . . . but no guarantees! =D