Day 34 – Don’t Wait to Die to Come Alive

Day 34

Read

Revelation 21: 1-8; Luke 16: 10-12

Reflect

When most of us think about eternity, it’s almost like whatever happens after we die has virtually nothing to do with what happens on earth (other than to place our faith in Christ).

But re-read today’s passages.

The amazing things we read of that describe heaven are supposed to make a difference for us on earth.

Jesus seems to indicate as much when he teaches about the relationship between how we live on earth impacts what we’ll be entrusted with in heaven.

Think about this: maybe you don’t need to wait to die to come alive.

I’d encourage you to spend a few minutes watching this Switchfoot video that we used to close part 5 of the Afterlife series with:

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Now ask yourself: In which area of my life might God want me to become fully alive?

Is it your:

Marriage?
Relationships?
Walk with Christ?
Parenting?
Finances?
Calling?
Friendships?
Fitness?

Where are you holding back?

Where do you think hope has been lost?

Don’t hold back. It’s not over.

In fact, it’s only just begun.

Because you don’t have to wait until you die to become fully alive. Not at all.

Respond

Belong – Because you can belong before you believe.
Does it interest you that Jesus is inviting you to become fully alive? To what extent has life made you ‘give up’ on certain issues. How could faith in Christ help you rethink those?

Believe – Because those who belong often start to believe.
Trusting Jesus doesn’t just save you for eternity. The Holy Spirit comes and dwells in you the moment you believe. What area of your life needs to come fully alive?

Become – Because those who believe can become someone new.
What is God calling you to become? Really? Is there an area of your life have you written off as ‘dead’?  Could you invite Jesus into that area of your life and ask him to make it live again? He is, after all, the God of resurrection.

Dear God, thank you that I don’t have to die to come alive. Give me eyes to see where you want me to become fully alive, and then help me to have the courage to trust you to bring new life.  Through Christ I pray, amen.

– by Carey Nieuwhof

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