“Jesus taught that the reason He died and rose again was because He wanted us to live alive. When we place our trust in Jesus as our Savior, He gives us the power to fully live in all that God desires for us.
This is why when Jesus talks about following Him, He points out some defining characteristics of living alive in Him. Through this 40 Days, we have examined some of these characteristics and discovered that by following them we can live in the fullness of life that Jesus came to give us.
But now we need a little warning. If we’re not careful, following Christ becomes about trying to impress Christ or earn something from God by living out these characteristics. It’s easy to start focusing on what we do for Jesus rather than all that Jesus has done for us.
The problem is we try to follow Christ for the wrong reasons and are fueled by the wrong motivation. We aim at living better for Christ instead of living alive in Christ.
Living alive in Christ is not about doing something for Jesus. Living alive is all about living in the love and power of everything Jesus has already done for us. Many people get this mixed up and this is what “saps the very life out of following Christ. Living alive is not trying harder. It’s not about being better or even knowing more.
Living alive is living everyday focusing on all that Christ has done for us to give us life. As we focus on all that Christ has accomplished for us it creates a desire in us to live alive in Christ. Seeing Christ’s greatness and love for us, transforms us. It is not religious fear or moral guilt that changes us. Christ transforms us. As we stand in awe of who Christ is and what He has done for us, we come alive to passionately follow Jesus Christ.
Living with passion is not a feeling or mere emotion. It’s a belief in something so valuable, so worthy that it drives us to action. Passion is what keeps us going when everything yells, “Give up!” Passion drives us when we feel we’re not good enough or capable enough. Passion is what motivates us to sacrifice everything of value, to have what we value above everything else.
Jesus wants our passion, not our morality or effort. He wants us to follow Him out of desire to be with Him, not out of fear or guilt. He desires that we pursue Him because He is more valuable than anything else. When we follow Christ out of passion, then everything is transformed. Passion is the only way to live alive.”
40 Days 2019 • Live Alive