Near life experience

“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”  John 17:3

It’s amazing how indestructible we can feel.   70, 80, 90 years does seem like an awfully long time to a finite mind.  But the Bible says it is a vapor.  A puff of smoke that you see for a moment and then it disappears.  As we get older, I think some of this reality begins to dawn on us.  So, as we become more settled in life, successful in career, we realize that now is the time to go for the gusto, grab life by the horns, eat, drink and be merry.  At some point even 90 years doesn’t seem so terribly long and we begin trying to pack as much life into those few years as possible.

I know people who seem to live to accumulate more and better stuff.  To them, that is life.

I know people who seem to live to stay intoxicated in some form as often as possible.  To them, that is life.

I know some people who seem to live for that next relationship.  To them, that is life.

I know people who seem to live to succeed in business.  To them, that is life.

For those who don’t know Jesus, these drives are understandable.  I am sad for them and long for them to know Jesus.  But I understand why they chase after these other things.  But oh how my heart breaks when those who name the name of Christ pursue these things.

In Christ, we have all things that pertain to life and godliness.  These other things can NEVER give life, and certainly not abundant, eternal life.  How sad to see those to whom grace has been extended, choose earthly delights instead of delighting in Christ.

Life is too short to almost live.

“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”  John 17:3

2 thoughts on “Near life experience

  1. Mike March 14, 2009 / 6:19 am

    I’ve lost track of the # of times I have read this. Sometimes I pull it up just to read the title. But mainly because of the truth it expresses. It reminds me of a line in a post from another site that caught both our attention;

    ‘You see that you had been pursuing shadows,
    but now you have found the substance’.

  2. Miss Linda March 15, 2009 / 2:30 pm

    What a lovely reflection, and so very true. Thank you for posting this.

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