What Does Eternal Life Look Like? It Looks Nuts!

For some reason -- unknown to me -- I was up this morning at 3:27 am. Since I was awake I thought I would review and comb through some information in preparation for our Pastoral Staff meeting later today. Then I prayed using Dr. Ken Boa's prayer book called Face To Face: Praying the Scriptures for Spiritual Growth. This morning as I prayed the Scripture reading for the day, I was tackled by Luke 6:35-36,

  • But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.

I am going to rant a little . . . it's early so go for a ride with me. Friends, this is what eternal life or as Dr. Dallas Willard calls it, "the eternal kind of life" looks like in everyday life. When eternal life is sadly reduced to just a trip to heaven when we die, we greatly reduce the Good News to news that does touch everyday life. And a Gospel that does touch everyday life is a shallow Gospel that produces shallow Christ-followers.

When we come to understand and experience the eternal kind of life we posses in Christ, because the Eternal One (Jesus) now lives in us, His forgiveness, love, passion, and power become ours to use in everyday life (See Col. 3:1-4). All of a sudden everyday life becomes sacred.

Because His life is now our life, we can do the unthinkable: forgive our enemies! And as if forgiving our enemies wasn't enough, the eternal kind of life empowers us to do good to them and to even lend to our enemies . . . expecting nothing in return! Are you kidding! Are you kidding! That's nut's! That's the Gospel!

This kind of a Gospel will attract people to follow Jesus. This kind of a Gospel invites people into a new reality of living that is wonderful and beautiful and supernatural.

I've ranted enough; time get kids ready for a day of being on mission at their public schools. Peace out.