Something dark happened. Evil lurked among the shadows until it marred God’s good creation. We as Christians believe this. That’s why God made it right through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice. We believe Jesus as God allowed himself to be killed and raised again to conquer evil and death for us, in us. So . . . now what?
My husband recently described three kinds of life that Christians seem to choose after being “saved”: a non-life, ghost-life, or a full life. The non-life is not really living, more like gripping onto the counter-top waiting for Jesus “just to come back already.” The ghost-life is focusing mostly on our spiritual lives as if all that is physical is bad, or at best, unnecessary. Body and spirit, however, were both created by God and are good. Jesus clearly makes the case in John that he came to bring us life—full and fresh, invigorating and overflowing (John 10:10). Christians, of all people, should be bursting with a full life! Watch this inspiring 3 min clip.
Enjoy life. Solomon wisely instructed God’s people in Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 and 9:7.
3:12“I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. 13That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil—this is the gift of God.”
9:7 “Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for it is now that God favors what you do.”
Consider what Bear Grylls shares, “Sometimes it’s hard for us to believe, really believe, that God cares and wants good things for us and doesn’t just want us to go off and give everything up and become missionaries in Burundi,” Grylls says. “And some people are just scared, and they go, ‘Oh, God just wants me to be religious,’ but actually He just loves us. He just wants us to be with Him.”
After all, “God loves a good time” as N.D. Wilson reminds us. See more on that here. The Author of Life wants you to enjoy the world he has made. Live well! Enjoy the life God has given you now.