We have the ability to choose between life and death. But when our option of life has been fully paid, what would possess us to choose death?! Why would we not choose the life God gives?
Join us as we discover the life God has paid for and how we have the ability to accept that life!
Paid in Full!
Yeshua, our Savior, chose to live on earth for approximately 33 years! The Son of God, God the Father, and Holy Spirit decided that we were worth that sacrifice, and yet, He went a step further. Deciding that to reverse the curse WE had accepted… Yeshua would live, then be offered up as a final sacrifice and atonement for our sin, and then overcome death and the grave!
Yeshua paid in full for our life. Not only on earth but on into eternity.
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
—John 10:10 (emphasis added)
Now, it is up to us to accept it. To choose LIFE. To enter into what God has for those who love Him…
“But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’”
—1 Corinthians 2:9
God has certainly paid the price for us to be able to receive the gift of life. However, as with all gifts, we have been allowed to do with it what we will; to accept it, reject it, regift it, or even toss it in a dumpster! But once we do accept that gift of life, we need to remember to thank the Lord for that gift, and then care for it, so it is kept in the same beautiful condition as when we received it.
God not only paid dearly for the gift of life, but He was also careful and intentional in preparing it and then offering it to us. He loves us. It is why He gave us such a precious gift; among many others.
“Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
Life is ours if we simply accept the gift. But it is a choice.
When we choose life, we choose God. To walk in His ways.
That is the very reason why our words matter. Why we are meant to be wise with our words…
We are made in God’s image. He spoke us into being. And He gave us that same ability to speak! But it is easy for us to forget He did this. To disregard the power of our words; even to diminish the power of God’s words in our hearts.
“Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’ So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’”
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
With words we were created by God, and with words He has given us the ability to do much for or against His Kingdom. We can build up or tear down. We can help or hurt. We can do good or evil.
Words have the ability to bring what is not seen into being. To speak life or death.
Knowing Who our Father is, knowing the price Yeshua paid, knowing the wisdom of the Holy Spirit… knowing God… how could we choose anything other than life?
“Everything we could ever need for life and godliness has already been deposited in us by his divine power. For all this was lavished upon us through the rich experience of knowing him who has called us by name and invited us to come to him through a glorious manifestation of his goodness.”
—2 Peter 1:3 (TPT)
The Choice of Life
As Believers in God, the choice of life is easy for us. At least, for the life of salvation. However, we can struggle to accept the precious gift of life in other areas. Not because it is contrary to what we want, and not necessarily because we are not able to open the ‘package.’ But because of reasons ranging from not deeming ourselves worthy of the gift, all the way to being comfortable where we are.
Accepting the gift of life is an amazing start, but from there we want to care for the gift. That, however, does mean that we have to create an atmosphere where life can thrive!
In other words, we need to have the right ‘heart mindset:’
- One where we do not view ourselves or others apart from how God sees us. If God deems us worthy of the gift of life, if He deems others worthy of this, why should we question or second guess Him?
- One where we do not maintain ‘death promoting’ talk. We are made in God’s image for a reason, and when we allow our tongue to move unchecked—to speak death—then we are dismissing God’s design! A design that is perfect. That is meant to promote God’s gift of life.
- One where the desire of God is moving through us. The desire that none should perish, that His message is shared, and that disciples are made.
- One where we are Kingdom-minded, not carnally-minded. Thinking on things above and then acting in alignment with the God who created everything. The One who created us.
These are just a few of the ways we can create an atmosphere where life can thrive!
God loves us and wants us to live in the fullness of all that He has for us—and that includes LIFE. The price of that precious gift of life has already been paid. God is asking us if we will receive it… not just the life of salvation but the life He brings in all areas.
The question is, “Will we accept?” Will we accept that life and then go a step further to maintain it?
“See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction.”
—Deuteronomy 30:15 (NIV)
God has set before us life and death… therefore let us be wise, choosing life! Let us walk in the fullness of all that God has for us! Let us accept His ABUNDANT LIFE!