To live is a grand adventure.
I’ve always been one to try new things, to go to new places, and to improve myself. If I am not pursuing some goal or challenge in my life, I can become dejected. I feel like I am wasting time, when I could be doing something productive or helpful.
In other words, I love feeling ALIVE.
To hike up a mountain, breathing in the fresh mountain air. To play games with my nephews. To travel. To lead a Bible study, totally dependent on the Lord. To marry the love of my life and plan our future. To go to college and graduate. To plant a garden and actually not kill it… these things add sparkle to life!
None of these things would have much meaning without God. He is the reason I live and breathe. He’s the reason I have joy in my heart, even on the days when all I feel is pain. Because of the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus, I get to spend eternity with Him in heaven! That’s is true everlasting life.
So what makes you feel alive? Is it things that are positive, that build others up, that would honor God?
Or are the things that make you feel alive causing harm to others? To family, friends, coworkers? To a significant other or spouse?
When you put your faith in Christ, He gives you the chance to start fresh. To repent of the sins you’ve committed, against Him and others. It is so hard to admit you’ve been wrong. But once you ask for forgiveness from another person, and from God, the weight is lifted from your shoulders. No longer are you a slave to your past mistakes. Now longer does your old life have to define who you are today. Because our great God is all about second chances and mending broken hearts!
Think of the woman in John chapter 8. She was a woman that was ostracized and rejected by her community. In that time, women who committed adultery were stoned to death by the religious leaders and townspeople. She searched for love in all the wrong places, and she had ended up being miserable and facing an angry mob. But when Jesus came on the scene, time seemed to stand still. He stood between her and the people gathering stones. Jesus said, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” (John 8:7) And one by one the people dropped their rocks and left. In verse 10-11, Jesus said, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”
Her sins had deeply wounded her husband. Her choices led her down a dark destructive path.
Yet Jesus didn’t condemn her, a known sinner. The world wanted her to die, but Jesus wanted her to live. So take heart! You are not condemned by the savior of the world. He wants you to repent so you can live life to the fullest! Is the change of heart, from one of rebellion to obedience a hard one? Yes. But it is oh so worth it. He wants to mend your broken heart, to restore your soul. He wants you to choose to follow Him so that your life will be complete. You won’t be the one waking up one day, wondering if there was something you’d missed in life.
So, what do you say? Ready to live a more intentional life for the Lord? You can do this by helping the needy, offering encouragement, reading the Bible, and making kindness a habit.
Let me leave you with this final phrase for thought.
To live a life for the Lord is the grandest adventure of all.