Are You Really Living?
“Every man dies, but not every man really lives” so said William Wallace in the movie Braveheart. It’s a great quote and one that I think is a very true statement. I think that it’s very appropriate for the Christian walk.
Every single person on earth is going to die someday. Everyone single person who has ever lived has sinned and done things that were against God. The Bible tells us in Romans 6:23 that the “wages of sin is death.” In another place it says that “the soul that sins will die” (Ezek. 18:20). God told Adam that if he ever ate the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil that he would die.
Death is a reality of life. Death is not discriminatory against age, race, or gender. Death will come to us all. Many people fear death, or maybe just the process of dying. Dealing with death has a way of forcing you to see life from a different perspective.
Death will come, but it’s about what we do before it comes that counts. That’s what the character William Wallace was getting at. “Every man dies, but not every man really lives.” I want to truly live. I want my life to matter. I want life to be good even if my circumstances aren’t.
I believe that God wants us to live life well.
Jesus said in John 10:10 that “the thief comes to kill, steal and destroy; but I have come that you might have life, and have it more abundantly.” I have always been fascinated that Jesus said “that you MIGHT have life”. This means that it is possible to not have life. It means that I can be alive, breathing and physically existing, but not really be living.
Life is a gift that God has given men. The very fact that you woke up today, breathing and functioning, is a gift from the Lord. I am sure that the majority of people on their deathbed would wish for a little more time, a gift of time. Looking back on their lives I am sure there are things they would change or do differently if they had more time.
Jesus wants to give us the gift of life . . . real life . . . eternal life . . . abundant life.
A life that matters.
A life that brings meaning and fulfillment.
A life that will find beauty in the ashes of despair.
A life that will find miracles in the mundane.
A life that will be a blessing to others.
A more abundant life.
I want that kind of life. I want that life for myself, my family and friends. I want people to experience that more abundant life.
I have often wondered what Jesus really meant when He said “life more abundantly.” I can spiritualize things and come up with how we are to walk in health and wealth. I can get crazy to the point of believing that abundant life means never being in need and always getting a parking spot next to the door. But I don’t believe that’s what Jesus had in mind. I think it is more along the lines of my opening quote.
A more abundant life means a life that is lived well. A life that finds meaning, purpose and beauty in everyday things. A life that is rich with friends, love, laughter and peace.
I want to live an abundant life.
A more abundant life means a life that is sensitive to God, the leading of the Spirit and a deep, intimate connection with Jesus. All life comes from Jesus. You and I were made for Him. We were made for a deep, intimate relationship with Him. Without Him there is no life.
I want that abundant life.
The problem that a lot of us have is that we tend to get bored with life. The mundane things of life seem to weigh on us. We allow the cares of this life to choke the life out of us. We lose the mystery and wonder of life in the midst of bills, jobs, household chores and distractions.
My friend, and pastor, John Marsden is always encouraging me to find the wonder in the mundane. That’s been hard for me to do because I was brought up to see God in the big stuff, to seek the signs and wonders, the spectacular.
Yet, Jesus tells us to consider the lilies of the field that God clothes them with their beauty. There is beauty and life all around us if we will seek to find the wonder in the mundane. I believe that is part of the abundant life . . . to see beauty in the mundane, to not lose our wonder, to not lose our fascination for the mystery.
Every man dies, but not every man really lives.
I want it to be said of me when I am gone that I truly lived an abundant life. I know that couldn’t be said of me right now but that’s what I am aiming for. It saddens me to think that I have not always lived an abundant life. Jesus wants me to have that abundant life and I want to honor Him by living a more abundant life.
What about you? Are you living an abundant life? Can you find the wonder in the mundane? Can you see the mystery all around you?
What does living an abundant life mean to you? Leave a comment with your ideas.