I went through a week of tracking my prayers to God and found that I use the phrase, “Life is…” a lot. Here are just a few I have said in my prayers.
Life is hard. Yea. I have said this one quite a bit. Nothing in this life is easy. For those who have it easy, I am a little bit jealous and a little bit scared for you. For God told us that this life isn’t going to be easy. Look at the following verse:
John 16:33 – I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Life is a gift. I found myself saying that a couple time last week. I heard some news stories about people dying. I heard my fiancé tell me about how bad the drivers are in Maryland and I feared for her and her kids. I thought about my age and just how much longer do I have on this earth. Look at
James 1:17 – Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
Life is unfair. This goes along with the life is hard thing. I think to myself, “I have Christ. I should be rocking the lambo, living in a mansion, have the best of health, and have everyone want my life.” But honestly, in a human sense of fairness, this life has seemed very unfair. I have Christ. Why did I have to get divorced? Why is the ministry messy? Why do I need to live wondering if I will have enough money at the end of the month to pay the bills? Look at
Ecclesiastes 8:11-12- Because the sentence against a criminal act is not carried out quickly, the heart of people is filled with the desire to commit crime. Although a sinner commits crime a hundred times and prolongs his life, yet I also know that it will go well with God-fearing people, for they are reverent before Him.
I could go on and on with more phrases I said this week about life. But one phrase kept coming back over and over again and again.
Life is Christ. You see, the wicked do not have Christ. There are those who would try to convince me that there is nothing at the end of this life. That the only time we have is what is here on earth right now. I vehemently disagree. I have seen the power of Christ in people. As a person who is in ministry, I have seen lives turned around by the power of Christ. I have seen Christ give life-altering change to a person that was on the path to destruction. One only needs to look at any church and realize that t is made up of broken, sinful people. Not all will change. Because not all will truly seek. But those who seek with all their heart, mind, soul, and body will find the life-changing Christ at the end of their journey. And, as they breathe their final breath, they will wake up in glory. Look at this:
John 11:25-26 – Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
Once we realize that life is Christ, we can view the day a little more humbly, a little more confidently, and a little more filled with love.
The day is still going to be terrible, but with Christ it is terribly beautiful.
The day will still be filled with darkness all around. But with Christ, it turns into twilight, both dark and bright.
So I leave you with one more “life is.”
Life is worth seeking out the true Giver of Life.
1 John 5:20 – And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.