Today is Good Friday and we remember that Jesus died in our place. Soon it will be Easter Sunday and we will rejoice that He is alive.
Yes Jesus is alive.
He has risen from the dead and because He lives we can also live! That is why Jesus could say “I am come that you might have life and have it more abundantly”
Here are 7 very simple tests used to establish if something is actually alive.
1. GROWTH. Living beings grow. This is an irreversible growth not like a crystal.
Are you growing and maturing spiritually?
2 Peter 3:18 Grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ
2 Thes 1:3 We ought always to thank God for you…because your faith is growing
2. MOVEMENT: Living beings move. The ability to move as a result of the expenditure on energy. Animals move to search for food, Plants move towards or away from stimuli such as the sun.
Are you moving closer to God?
Not content with present spiritual state seeking to improve.
Phil 3:12-14 Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
3. SENSITIVE: All living things are sensitive to changes in their environment and are therefore able to react to these changes. So for example as the sun moves across the sky the sunflower follows its movement.
As Christians we need to be sensitive to God’s voice so that we can respond to His directions.
John 10;4-5 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.
John 8:47 Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”
4. FEED: All life forms seek nutrition.
1 Peter 2:2 Like new born babies crave pure spiritual milk so that by it you may grow up in your salvation
If we are alive in Christ we will seek sound Biblical teaching. Having sought and found food living things then use that food, they eat. So too as
Christians we need to not only study the bible but apply it on a daily basis.
John 14:23 Jesus said if anyone loves me he will obey my teaching
1 John 5:3 This is love for God: to obey His teaching
5. RESPIRE: No not just breathing. In Biological terms this refers to the release of energy which takes place in all life forms.
As a Christian our “source of energy” is God, not ourselves. We are energised by the power of God in our lives. It is not us but Him.
Eph 3:16 I pray that …He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being.
Phil 4:13 I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.
6. EXCRETE WASTE: Leave behind that which no longer belongs
Rom 6:1-15 (Look it up)
7. REPRODUCE: Living beings naturally reproduce.
Mat 28:18-20 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
2 Cor 5:20 We are Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us, we implore you on Christ’s behalf: be reconciled to God.
Are you experiencing the LIFE Jesus rose to give you?
If you know you are a Christian but you are not experiencing the Full Life which Jesus died and rose again to give you then today Easter is a perfect time to surrender all to His control.
If you have never done so before you can turn yourself over to Him. Exchanging your existence for real LIFE.
God bless you,
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