Monday, July 3, 2017

Do you have real life?

To make life all about us assumes there's nothing greater or more important than us. 

But what if there is? What if true life itself is a gift that comes outside of us and all the things we see and experience around us? What if our longing for life is due to the absence of connection to its true source? Wouldn't we be wise to explore this and shortchanging ourselves to ignore this possible source?

Some may object and say they have life already. A great one in fact! But how do we know? What if your life could be hundreds, maybe thousands of times richer and fuller...not necessarily circumstantially but in depth of meaning and purpose (most don't even know why they exist i.e. what their purpose is). 

Think of those moments (assuming you have had some) when you had the greatest joy, peace and happiness. What if your life could be like that all the time, without interruption, regardless of your circumstances and to a much greater degree...beyond your comprehension. 

Now what if you could experience this not just for fleeting moments but constantly and with ever increasing intensity forever, beyond this present existence. Wouldn't that be better than the life you now have with little or no future hope and worth exploring and pursuing?

All the things we find lovely, attractive, beautiful, enjoyable and breathtaking now is not a illusion or delusion. We experience and are drawn to beauty for a reason. We experience this because we were designed to engage in and enjoy ultimate beauty; the source of beauty itself. 

And we will do so even far more in the next life. It is there we will experience all things in all their complete, original, uncorrupted, unfettered fullness and glory with our unfettered ability to do so.

Creation will be clearly seen as it truly is. Not as the source of life in itself but as the overflowing gift(s) of the infinitely beautiful, creative, glorious, and loving God; the source/creator of all things, resulting in our hearts overflowing and singing his praises, not to creation but to him for all things he has made and given for our joy.

Now what if this life was offered to you as a gift and not something you would need to gain through your own efforts or could, even if you wanted to or tried. Wouldn't you want to know about it?

This is what is offered to you in Christ.

"...but whoever drinks of the water that I (Jesus) will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." - Jesus Joh 4:14

"But, as it is written, 'What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him' ”— 1 Cor 2:9

Do you love him i.e. value him above all other persons or things? If you do not, you have not experienced his love for you yet. To experience his love truly is to love him truly. We can do nothing less once we have.

Do you wish to participate? He invites you to come. 

"The Spirit and the Bride say, "Come." And let the one who hears say, "Come." And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price (you can't earn or buy it)." - The closing invitation of John the apostle regarding the revelation of Jesus Christ. Rev 22:17 

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