It probably sounds too good to be true. Yet, through his actions and teachings, Jesus revealed he wants to help us build indestructible lives. What Jesus is offering should not be confused with that message of prosperity some pander in his name.
What Jesus promises leaves no room for such self-centered motives. Yet, he hopes all of us will embrace his offer to live lives capable of weathering not only the trials on earth but also possessing eternal life with God.
Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, disciples of Christ receive eternal life with an imperishable inheritance (1 Peter 1:3-5; John 3:16). Furthermore, by obeying his teachings Jesus’ followers have been promised a life now that will not collapse when trouble ensues (Matthew 7:24-25).
This is the life that God has always intended for us to have. Yet, this is no easy waltz acquiring our favorite things along the way. Following Jesus calls for nothing less than dying to ourselves thus abandoning our incessant impetus to store up whatever it is that we might value upon earth (Mt. 6:19; 16:24).
Rather, when someone becomes crucified with Christ, the life that arises focuses upon living for God and seeking his kingdom (Mt. 16:33; Romans 6:6,13). In fact, Jesus blazed this trail by dying for us giving us eternal life in order that we might die to ourselves and life for him (2 Corinthians 5:15).
Disciples need Jesus. With Jesus we have an indestructible life. Without Jesus, we are on our own and our lives will collapse eventually. It might come sooner or perhaps later, however what is certain is that they will crumble.
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