You often hear about people wanting a great quality of life. Usually you will hear about this as people begin to grow older. They want to do things such as exercise and eat healthy in order to improve their present quality of life and their quality of life in the later years. You can’t blame anyone for wanting to do this, so that they are able to continue doing many of the same things as they age as they do in the present. I wonder, though, if followers of Christ do the same thing so that they will have a great quality of eternal life.
Contrary, perhaps, to popular belief, eternal life doesn’t begin when we die. Jesus came to give to those who believe in him eternal life. So, once you have this eternal life, why wouldn’t someone do all they can to have a great quality of eternal life? Surely it isn’t just about punching a ticket to heaven, is it? So, what can we do to develop this great quality of eternal life right here and right now? I think it’s pretty simple.
1. Saturate your life with prayer.
2. Saturate your life with God’s word.
3. Saturate your life with Godly fellowship.
4. Saturate your life with Godly worship.
Do you do these things? Are there other things that you think will give you a great quality of eternal life right now?
The stone was rolled away.
Death has no more victory.
Death has no more sting.
Ask most folks about their salvation experience and what will they say?
Most will refer to some time when they were a kid and walked down an aisle during the invitation. Perhaps they will refer to a night during VBS when they were in elementary school. Maybe they are referring to going one night to a revival meeting.
It could be any point in the past.
How about you? Do you look back to your salvation experience?
I refer to my salvation experience as now.
Now, if you want to refer to a specific point when I was born again and justified, I’m with you. That happened when I was twenty-four.
Salvation hasn’t ended though.
Salvation is a continuous event. I continue to benefit from that moment. I have life. Not just any kind of life. It’s abundant life. It’s eternal life.
He continues to sanctify me. That is part of salvation.
One day He will glorify me. That is part of salvation.
You want to say that your salvation experience is in the past? I’ll argue that point with you.
If you know Christ, salvation is a continual experience.
I never had “a” salvation experience. It’s still going on.
Tell me about your salvation experience.
I want to begin today’s post with a picture. I’ll be back with you in just a moment.
I saw this sign as I was running with my daughter on Friday. At first I chuckled about how cheap the sign looked. As I continued past it, though, I couldn’t get this sign out of my mind. Slowly, I began to see the genius of it. Then I thought about it in terms of my faith in Christ and realized that it was a great picture of what Christ has done with me.
FREE!!! The gift of life that Christ gives us is free…..to us. It cost Him His life, but for us the gift of God, eternal life, is free. That is much better that gaining the wages of sin, Death, isn’t it?
LIVE!!! Christ came to give us life. Not just any old life. Eternal life. Abundant life. That means that life is lot more, well, LIVE now. It doesn’t mean that I just got my ticket punched for heaven. It means that everything is more LIVE here now. Faith? Live. Family? Live. Football? Live. Foolishness? Live. It’s all LIVE now.
MUSIC!!! In Ephesians, Paul said that we should speak to each other in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. We should talk to each other in music. A group of friends and I who used to go to break together would sometimes break out in spontaneous hymns or gospel songs. I thought it was strange at first. I’ve come to realize that this is how we, as believers, are wired. To sing songs about our Lord to each other. It doesn’t matter if we can sing well or not. We should just be singing the new song He has placed within our hearts.
Now, here is the best thing. The sign above said that the Free Live Music was from 8:00 to 11:00. Our Free Live Music doesn’t stop. It’s eternal. It never stops.
Do you have Free Live Music in your life? Do you know someone who needs it?