August 14, 2014

Fully Alive

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – August 14, 2014

Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going. Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light. John 12:35-36

We become fully alive when we live for the Lord. We walk with Him in the light and He lights our path of progress in the faith. If we trod on the dark road of distrust we become short sighted and stale in our faith, but in the light of Christ we come alive. We come alive to advance God’s kingdom. We come alive to His will and ways. We come alive to prayer, worship and service. We come alive to generosity and godly goal-setting. We come alive as we walk by faith with Jesus!

We die a slow death of self focus if all we do is indulge ourselves. If our interests, our habits, our desires and our happiness are our sole purpose for living, we hold a recipe for unhappiness. The soul–our real self–starves if all our attention is on feeding our flesh. The darkness of fleshly desires grows spiritual mold spores over our disciplines and suffocates them. Our mind becomes mildewed by dark thoughts that drive us to despair. Darkness brings death, but the light of Christ gives life!

“For to me, to live is Christ” (Philippians 1:21)

However, we become fully alive when we live as God made us to live.  Are you fully alive in your current season of life? If you are a child, become fully alive as an inquisitive child. If you are a teen, become fully alive as a teenager with big dreams. If you are a college student, become fully alive in your career preparation. If you are a single adult, become fully alive as a faithful friend. If you are a young married, become fully alive for your spouse. If you are a parent, become fully alive for your child. If you are a grandparent, become fully alive for your family. Live life in the now! Don’t be like the fifty-year old who stops living, even though their best years lie ahead.

Most of all, become fully alive for Christ. Be loved by Him, love Him, worship Him, listen to Him, learn from Him, obey Him and serve Him. As sunlight produces life giving vitamin D for our bodies, so the light of the Lord gives vitamin L or Love to our souls. Being loved by our heavenly Father makes us alive. The rays of His righteous love keep our faith from becoming brittle and our hearts from becoming hard. We reject a mindset that settles for coasting through life and receive our full life in Christ. Spiritual blood pulsates through a soul alive!

“For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:17).

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I surrender my life to come alive in Christ. By Your grace grow my faith in the light of Your love.

Related Readings: Psalm 44:3; John 10:10; Romans 8:37; Galatians 2:20; 1 John 2:10

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