Life is Good
There have been many times in my life when I did not believe that life is good. In fact, for most of my young adult years, this was the case. I could never relate to all the people who said, “Well, at least I have another breath. I woke up this morning. I can be thankful for that.” I would always wonder, “Well, wouldn’t it be easier if you didn’t wake up this morning?”
I came to learn that it is not about what is easy. It is about what is good.
The Bible claims that God created us in his own image. It claims that you bear the image of God. It is not something you have to strive for or work for. It is simply who you are. It is how you were made. It is good that you are alive.
This past week in Week 4 of our “Hot Topics” series at CrossPoint, we talked about how life is good even when the stuff in life isn’t. This means that we had to talk about things like abortion and euthanasia.
I read from a letter that Kara Tippett wrote to a young mother who was planning physicians assisted suicide in light of her diagnosis. Kara’s words helped us see that although there are some unbelievably difficult case-by-case situations, we learned that one thing remains: Life is Good. Death is not the answer, life is. Jesus did not die on the cross so that we would take innocent life. Even if that life is really little. Even if that life is really hard. Even if that life is our own. Instead, he invites us to believe that our life is actually good. It is good for the world. It is the image of God.
So, yes, we fight death. We fight death because life is a gift from God. But we do not fight as if death has the final word. There is a deeper hope. Because of Jesus, there is life to come. Although there is life on the other side of death, don’t confuse that for death being the gift. Life is the gift, and there is life to be lived TODAY.
The amazing thing is that in the face of the seeming meaningless of life, the Bible gives some pretty amazing counsel: Enjoy life. Ecclesiastes 9:7-10 shows us that in the face of it all, we can defy death by enjoying life. It doesn’t mean that we avoid problems and act like pain isn’t there. But it does mean (as Kara Tippett shows us) there is unbelievable joy to be had in the midst of it.
There is so much more to say about all of this, so check out the link to the message and some resources below. But for now, defy death and go enjoy life. Follow Jesus and have some fun!
By: PASTOR PAUL GOEKE