Now this is Life

Psalm 39:4-7

A psalm of David.

“Show me, Lord, my life’s end
    and the number of my days;
    let me know how fleeting my life is.
You have made my days a mere handbreadth;
    the span of my years is as nothing before you.
Everyone is but a breath,
    even those who seem secure.[b]

“Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom;
    in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth
    without knowing whose it will finally be.

“But now, Lord, what do I look for?
    My hope is in you.


Acts 17:24-28

“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’[b] As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’[c]


John 17:3

Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.


As humans, we can’t not worship. We need to look no further than this weekend’s football game. What else, but our innate desire to worship, will compel grown men to strip off their clothing and paint their bodies in team colors? It’s fun. It’s freeing. And at a deeper level, we long to give ourselves to something greater.

We become like what we worship. This devotional series has been designed to turn our hearts toward Jesus–that we would be more and more conformed to his image. At the end of the day, we want to be a movement of men and women who are constantly exclaiming, “Isn’t Jesus beautiful?”

Jesus is life. When we imagine our lives in such a way that he is neither the center nor the ultimate goal, we settle for less.

“Made for spirituality, we wallow in introspection. Made for joy, we settle for pleasure. Made for justice, we clamor for vengeance. Made for relationship, we insist on our own way. Made for beauty, we are satisfied with sentiment. But new creation has already begun. The sun has begun to rise. Christians are called to leave behind, in the tomb of Jesus Christ, all that belongs to the brokenness and incompleteness of the present world … That, quite simply, is what it means to be Christian: to follow Jesus Christ into the new world, God’s new world, which he has thrown open before us.”
― N.T. Wright, Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense

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