What is my life? It used to be a funny way of describing a bizarre or disturbing situation in your circumstances. Though it may of been funny, I have learned that it really doesn’t make sense.
I have looked at some seasons of my life and described them in different ways. In some incredibly difficult seasons I would tell myself how much I hated my life, and in other seasons I would look forward to seeing what the day would hold. If I am honest the former is more often the case.
I am coming to a new understanding about my life though. It is not really a new understanding, more so a rediscovered understanding. In some of the most bitter seasons of life I would utter that resentful statement of hating my life as a prayer to God. I just said it to get back at him for the difficult circumstances he allowed me to walk in.
He reminded me of Colossians 3:4 during one of these seasons which says, “When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.”
This reminder by God took me on a path of rediscovery about how I viewed my life and the circumstances surrounding it. Another verse that came to mind while pondering this was the latter half of 1 Corinthians 6:19 through vs. 20 which says, “…You are not your own, for you have been bought with a price….”
These two verses can change everything you think about yourself. When you sandwich these verses together you get a God perspective of your life which says that you have no life of your own anymore. The very substance of your life is in Christ, and it didn’t come free, but was bought with the price of Christ’s murdered body on a cross.
The very life he laid down for our sakes and was raised up again is the life that lives inside of us. When the apostle Paul wrote a letter to the ancient church in Ephesus, he shared about the so called “life” we had before Christ’s death. He said, “And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, (Eph. 2:1). It’s interesting how what we called “life” was actually death. Maybe “The Walking Dead” isn’t just a television show after all. We consider our physical life real life, but God considers real life to be only eternal life that is found in His Spirit. I guess a walking dead person would consider himself alive if that was all he knew.
A few verses later Paul said, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which he loved us, even when were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ….” (Eph. 2:5) We had death, but he laid down his life to give us it.
Maybe life isn’t about our circumstances. Maybe our circumstances are designed and allowed by God to show us what real life is. I have come to discover that once we get past all the preconceived notions of what we think life is, we can find what it really is. Maybe all our circumstances are designed to show us that our life doesn’t originate in us, but comes from life itself. So when Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life…,” (Jn. 14:6) he was saying that He himself is life.
One final verse brought a lot of things into perspective for me, and it was a verse that has been repeated throughout church history for a very long time. “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matt. 16:25) These words were also spoken by Christ, the substance of life.
If we can throw away all the things that we keep grasping at to give us the “life” we always wanted, we can find the rest that comes from actually finding it. We can rest in Jesus, who isn’t a temporary life or a set of ideal circumstances, but a life that never ends and is always brand new since it never ages, even though your body and your circumstances will get old.
Article by Chase O'Dell - Founder of Bridgeway Ministries