Friday, February 26, 2010

"Living Beyond The Now", by Pastor Kevin Lynch

So many people, including way too many who claim to follow Jesus Christ, are stuck in this place called daily living. Let's call it "The Now".

Yesterday's are the "nows" gone by. Tomorrow is the "now" that may not even happen.

Life in the daily grind, whether past, present or future, is only ever going to become "The Now" at best, and it's not good enough to build our spiritual life upon. It's weak. It's shallow. It's fleeting.

Often time it's hopeless, and rightfully so.

If we have nothing past "The Now" then we are in trouble.

We are in the season of Resurrection. It's the time we reflect upon and commemorate the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The religious hang all sorts of names and rituals on it. I shy away from the monikers like "Ash Wednesday", "Maundy Thursday", :Good Friday", "Holy Saturday", and of course "Easter Sunday".

I prefer the season of Resurrection, and even that's not good enough because any of it only serves to suggest to people that our lives of following Christ move and shift between high holy days.

In reality every day is a "holy day of obligation" if we are true disciples of Jesus Christ.

I have to chuckle at the "Christmas and Easter" folks who have to sort of "gear up" for Lent and their honorarium to God in giving up chocolate or cigarettes. You would think they were giving up a kidney lol!

My point is that the follower of Christ lives in the Resurrection every day. We are resurrection people because we have been resurrected with Christ in our spirit. We have passed from death to life (John 5:24).

We live for the eternal. It's beyond today. It's beyond tomorrow.

Start understanding your life in those terms and things change.

Eternal living brings faith for the now and hope for tomorrow, because whatever is ahead of us is overshadowed by the reality of the Resurrected Glory!

John 3:36 - "That is why whoever accepts and trusts the Son gets in on everything, life complete and forever! And that is also why the person who avoids and distrusts the Son is in the dark and doesn’t see life. All he experiences of God is darkness, and an angry darkness at that.”

There it is from Jesus Himself. We can "get in on everything", which is complete and forever, or we can live in the darkness of "The Now" which is mere existing.

I think this is a good time of year to contemplate our view of living life, so let's walk it through together over the next couple of weeks.

Be blessed, and here's to new beginnings!

Keepin' it Real,

Pastor Kevin <><

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