Life is a biblical principle. Found from the very first verses of the Word to the last, it flows from Heaven to earth. But why is life so important? Why do Believers need to pay more attention to it?
Join us as we explore the biblical importance of life and how we and God are directly tied to this biblical principle!
LIFE. A Word
When we read Genesis, we are getting our first biblical taste of a word that is vital for us: life.
But what does life mean? And why is it important to God?
Most people—Believers and unbelievers alike—view life as a state of existence that is the opposite of death. That one—be it a plant, animal, or person—has life when there is the ability to grow, regenerate, reproduce, and so forth.
Additionally, many view life as a state of existence, one which we know on earth; of thought, creating, and of the very act of living… this is even sometimes extended to include one’s soul.
Yet, life is more than simply breathing or existing. In fact, biblically, the term is much deeper. And while it certainly can mean physical life on earth, or existence, it does not stop there.
God has a far greater view of what life is… and His Word allows us to glimpse aspects of His view.
LIFE. A Biblical Word
If life is more than just living, breathing, and existing on earth, then what is it? What does God’s Word tell us about life?
Well, it is important to realize that we could explore the Word of God through all eternity and there would always be something more to explore and learn. This is because the Word of God is LIVING and ACTIVE…
That’s right. God’s Word itself is LIFE. And since it is living, it is able to provide us continually with new insights into God’s character, our own character, and many, many mysteries! And this is why unlike most books, “one and done” is not enough… not if we want to partake of the life of the Word and deepen our relationship with the Lord.
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”—Hebrews 4:12
So, the Word of God is life. But what else?
Yeshua came as the Word made flesh. Since the Word is life, so is Yeshua. But, because Yeshua is also the Son of God, He is also life because God is life, and Yeshua is God. One who is dead cannot create life, and God created all life.
Therefore, we could say that Yeshua has a double portion of life… by being the Word AND God.
In fact, because Yeshua brings life to us, we could even say that He has a triple portion of life! Though really, His portion is endless…
“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.”—John 1:4
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”—John 1:14
“… I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”—John 10:10
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’”—John 14:6
In addition to the Word itself and Yeshua, we find life prominently mentioned throughout the Word.
From the River of Life, to the Tree of Life, to our ability to speak out life, to eternal life… we can see the importance God places on life. And how the beauty of His life is echoed in His creation and ways.
Through God’s generosity we have access to the River of Life, eternal life, His life.
Through His creating us in His image we have the ability to speak forth life.
Through His grace and mercy we have access to the new life of salvation!
Where would we be without God?
Though God is truly life and the bringer of all life, He did make us in His image…
He has given us the ability to daily choose either life or death. Through our speech, our actions, and even in our choice to become a new creation by accepting the life of salvation! He has given us authority. He has given us the ability to walk in the fullness of life!
But will we take it? Will we take what God has offered us and choose life?
Accepting the life of salvation is certainly at the heart of choosing life, because that one choice leads us to eternal life and allows us the opportunity to understand God and His Word—life. But aside from making the important decision to follow God, and then to keep following Him, there are still daily opportunities for us to choose life.
- Adjust our attitude—choosing to walk in the Mind and Peace of Christ
- Remain silent when the words we want to speak would be choosing death
- Speak when the words we would speak choose life
- Control our temper and check our emotions—walking in emotional intelligence
- Think on those things that are above
- Take our thoughts captive when they stray from life-giving thoughts
- Spend time in the Word of God—renewing our minds and coming to know God’s life
- Pray daily for God to guide our steps, and to help us choose life
- Plant seeds—financially, prophetically, with actions, and more—so that a life-giving harvest can grow
- Grow our relationship with God—as our Father, our Beloved Savior, our Teacher…
While these are just a few of the things we can do to choose life daily and to grow our faith in God, each of them awaken the life, peace, and love of our God. They take us out of the world and man’s ways and into our Father’s ways. To righteousness and holiness.
None of us are perfect, yet, with each decision we make to honor God, we are choosing life. We are choosing the better path.
It is time for Believers to rise up and choose life, no matter the consequences.
It is time for Believers to rise up and choose life, because the wages of sin is death.
It is time for Believers to rise up and choose life, because by choosing life, we are choosing God.
Yeshua has overcome the world. He has placed His Spirit within us. And that Spirit is life.
Let us water that life with our choices. With our actions. And with our focus.
Let us speak life! Just as the Lord desires.