Seeing With Sunday Eyes
Seeing with Sunday Eyes
So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless. (1 Cor 15:58 NLT)
Life is hard. That doesn’t mean that life isn’t good. It just means that, deep down, life is hard—the kind of hard our parents warned us it would be. The kind of hard our God warned us it would be. We just rolled our eyes, though, right?
We see Abraham trekking from Iraq to Israel, via Afghanistan, on foot – but our life won’t be like THAT, will it?
We see Paul getting beaten in town after town, and rushing back to tell them about the good news that life doesn’t have to be meaningless and chaotic anymore. But our life won’t be like THAT, will it?
We see Jesus carrying his cross, stumbling under its weight. Praying in the Garden. Meditating on the cross. Giving up his life to defeat the forces of evil and buy your life back from Satan. But our life won’t be like THAT, will it?
We live in a whole different world, don’t we? Well, no. And AMEN Yes Praise God Hallelujah!
Life is hard, and that is good. What of value have we learned that did not come from struggle? What beautiful thing do we have that did not come to us except through pain and fear and trembling?
Life is beautiful, but it is not an easy Play-Doh beauty. No, it is “the beauty of stones that have been smoothed by a lifetime of small batterings. The beauty that comes from rough edges being beaten down and of dross burned off by the refiner’s fire. The beauty persistence in the face of trials and tribulation.” –from http://LifeIsHard.net
We still live in a fallen world warring against its maker.
But we also live in a resurrection world, a kingdom world. When Jesus came out of the tomb, the whole cosmos found out about it! (Col 1:23) Something radically different began to occur. Cowards became brave by the power of the resurrection. Prison guards became preachers by the power of the resurrection. Roman colonies became colonies of the kingdom, by the power of the resurrection.
Don’t ever forget – life IS hard. But “life is hard and then you die” is not the end of the story for one who has given their life to Jesus Christ. It isn’t even the beginning or the middle of the story! We live a whole different story, a story where the Apostle Paul can confidently say that nothing you do for the Lord is in vain – it will all be transformed and redeemed and made glorious when we are raised incorruptible to live with Jesus forever.
Does that sound like a good life? Hard, but good? Really, really good? Then let’s live it!