I have to admit…the past couple months have just been survival mode for me. We had some moments of “rest” — if you want to call it that — but I have basically been going through the motions. Have you had moments/days/weeks/months like that? Going through the motions with my kids, husband, church, bills, giving, everything.
And its got to stop.
Life is so not enjoyable when you live like that. Jesus didn’t come so that we could live a mediocre and stagnant life!
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have LIFE and have it abundantly.” -John 10:10
I don’t know about you, but I like abundance. :) And this stagnant life is just a life lacking. It is the enemy (thief) stealing, killing, and destroying our joy. And when we give up and give in to being tired, overwhelmed, and just plain done, we are giving in to the life the enemy wants us to live.
I don’t like that, do you?! I didn’t think so! I don’t want to get too technical, but I thought this was so good: Vine’s Expository Dictionary (a dictionary that gives the original meaning of Biblical words and terms) defines “life” in John 10:10 as:
Greek word: Zoe [dzo-ay’ ] :: LIFE as God has it, that which the Father has in Himself, and which He gave to the Incarnate Son to have in Himself, and which the Son manifested in the world. From this LIFE man has become alienated in consequence of the Fall, and of this LIFE men become partakers through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who becomes its Author to all such as trust in Him, and who is therefore said to be ‘the LIFE’ of the believer, for the LIFE that He gives, He maintains.
“Life” in this sense is life as God originally intended it and is the life we receive now that Jesus has died and lived a perfect life for us, since we cannot do it on our own. Jesus is essentially saying, “I came so that you can have the life you were supposed to have. I came and lived a sinless life because you couldn’t and took your punishment of death on a cross. I took on your sinful mess and punishment and gave you instead my perfect sinless righteousness so that you can stand before God clean and whole.”
In light of this — Jesus coming so that we could have LIFE — doesn’t that make you want jump up and down in excitement?? That dissolves the mediocrity and stagnant pool of ickiness in my heart like a magic eraser to crayon (experience, yes ;) ). The LIFE Jesus gives us confronts us. Remember when I talked about the cost of Christianity? The LIFE Jesus gives us gives me the motivation to take those costs head on.
This morning, I got up when I didn’t want to because I wanted to spend time with the Lord. I started a Spirit of Gentleness Bible reading plan on YouVersion because I need to be more gentle with my words — can you believe that I am not a very nice person sometimes? And as I got to thinking, I realized something. Something I have talked about before, but something super important.
We’ve all talked about it or read about it, I’m sure. But how important is it? I would like to say that it is probably imperative to our faith — vital to our life in Jesus. When we live lives where we simply go through the motions, we are not living the life God intended for us to live. We are not living the life Jesus DIED for us to have. And when we just go day by day without joy and taking hold of the inheritance in Christ, we just join in the multitude that mocked Jesus. Because His death doesn’t matter. The act of death on a cross doesn’t seem as important when we just let our lives pass by. Does it?
I want to talk about intention. I want to dialogue with you. What makes living a life of intention hard? Because I know as well as you do, its a hard path to walk. But I believe its a path we’re all called to as Christians. Intention in our walk with Jesus, our parenting, our relationships and marriages, our finances, and more.
Over the next week, I want to share with you ways of being intentional — I want to walk this walk with you as we learn together. Because, girl, I don’t have it down! For sure! I need help! Can we do it together?