Life during Life
“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”—John 10:10
A few years ago, there was a lot of interest in the possibility of life on Mars. I was even interviewed for an article about that possibility. When asked what I thought about life on other planets, I said, “I don’t see anything in the Bible that would indicate there is life on other planets, but if there is, God created it.” They closed the article with another of my statements: “Maybe we shouldn’t be so worried about life on other planets and ask ourselves the question, ‘Is there life on Earth, and are we living it the way God wants us to?’ ”
We often wonder if there is life after death. But is there life during life? That is a question we should all consider.
When I was 17, that was my question. I wasn’t so concerned with what happened beyond the grave at that age, because I thought I would live a long, long time. Rather, my primary concern was what life was all about. What was the purpose of life? I thought there had to be more. I was desperately searching for meaning in life. I just had to know.
Thankfully, I didn’t have to look very far, because on my high school campus was a group of very outspoken Christians. They practiced what they preached, and I was intrigued by them. So I began to watch them. I saw that they were experiencing a dimension of life that I had never known. Not long after that, I gave my life to Jesus and discovered the truth of Jesus’ great statement from John 10:10: “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” That is what I had been searching for.
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