Cause Of Death: Life

People are dying every day and they don’t even know it.

I see it at the grocery store; driving in their car, in the checkout line a Target, at their job, even out to dinner.  People are slowly being killed off and they don’t even realize.

The warning signs are subtle but noticeable.

The side effects are gradual but crippling.

The cure is available but costly.

I wish I could say that I’ve been vaccinated but it flares up in me sometimes too.

What’s killing us?

Life.

It’s a life filled with stress, anxiety, anger, frustration, greed, jealousy, hate, win-at-all-costs, and constantly looking over your shoulder.  A life focused on what I can get for me from whomever I can.  A life racing at the speed of sound whose only desire is to accelerate to the speed of light.  A life driven in the pursuit of something, but never knowing what that something is.   A life looking for hope in everything but only finding that everything brings more hopelessness.

And with our heads down and our idealism up we push forward thinking everything will get better if we can just get past this one thing, make a little more, or find that elusive rabbit called “happiness”.

The truth is that in this pursuit of life we only find a slow, exhausting, gasping for breath and meaning death.

I’m here to tell you that there is another way.  There is a life of true hope, true meaning, and true fulfillment.

Listen to the promise found in this alternative lifestyle.

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” Colossians 3:1-4

Paul says that true life is found in Christ.  And when we place our faith, trust, hope, energy, focus, and talents in Him we no longer have to live the deadly life we struggling to maintain.  In fact he says that that life is now dead and we are now living an entirely new life with a whole new purpose.   A purpose that has our eyes fixed to things above not on things in the chaos below.

Now, this life is not stress free.  It’s not pain free.  It’s not even comfortable, but it is fulfilling and filled with purpose.  It is exactly what your current life can never offer and will never live up to.

In the end, this new life will lead to a true life beyond what we can see in the here and now.

So my cry to you is to stop dying and start living.

Let Christ be the cause of your life and stop letting your life be the cause of your death.

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