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John 4:35-38
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23
AUG
2008

A Spiritual Pulse


As Christians, we are called to a life of love and service. We are the hands and feet of Jesus on the Earth. We are here to do His work. His gospel is a gospel of action, love and power. We are called to live radical lives of being madly in love with Him, and giving Him what is His; our entire lives and everything in them. Our money and jobs, relationships, time and all other things He has provided for us are ultimately His. Not some things, but all things. Sometimes the things He wants most are the things you don't want to give up to Him; money, time, trust, comfort to name a few.

We're called to make disciples of all nations, but how quickly do we forget this call only to focus on climbing the career ladder, getting perfect grades, or even pouring time into friends and family in a non-purposeful way? How easy is it to become too comfortable with our daily routines and never be pushed beyond our boundaries, beyond what is possible? If we live our lives within the realm of human possibility, much of what Jesus has called us to do has already been discounted and written off. Could you even imagine what your town would look like if every Christian that regularly attended church there lived the life Jesus calls them to? "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give." (Matthew 10:8, NKJV) We've received plenty. How much have we given? Surely if we obeyed this call Christianity would be looked at as less hypocritical.

While stuck within the realm of possibility, how afraid are we of death in the flesh? If we truly believe in a resurrection and eternal life, why do we live our lives here on Earth as if it's the only one we have? We seldom take true risks for Him and constantly live in fear. It's all too easy to deny this fear by fooling ourselves into thinking that we have a great life, be it a good job, friends, family, or going to church every week and living the "Christian" life. Fear of the flesh is a devil. Denial and complacency can easily be fueled by fear. We have been spoon-fed too much and have become dull of hearing. We need to step out of our comfort zones.

Our bodies of the flesh have a pulse as blood is pumped through our veins. This blood is crucial for life, and it's generally safe to say that if your pulse is gone you're not far from dying, if there is any life left in you at all. Our spirits must also have a pulse when we are made new and begin to follow Jesus. But do we really have a pulse? If we have no life in our veins, or if the pulse is very weak, we must ask ourselves if we are truly in His grip in the first place. Are you any different than before you met Him? Are the old habits dying? If we give our lives to Jesus in the way He would want us to, our pulse would be racing on the Spirit's adrenaline every moment of our lives. You'd be able to feel it, and others could see your veins popping out from the pressure. Our God is not a sometimes God, or even a 99% God. We must live our lives for Him at all times. Ask yourself what it truly means to have life in your veins. I can assure you it is more than church on Sundays and an occasional read of scripture. If we are not outward focused and constantly sharing the gospel and love of God with those who need it most, we are not living the life He wants us to. Church is meant to be an equipping time. There's a reason that it only meets for an hour or two a week. It's meant to be empty. The church was meant to leave the building. This is the Great Commission. "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." (Matthew 28:19, NKJV) How difficult is it to make disciples of all nations when we are stuck in our daily routines and comfortable watching corrupt television during our "free" time (which is God's time in the first place)?

Don't fear what can kill the flesh. Fear what can slowly but surely eat away at your soul. Don't become complacent and satisfied with your 9-5 job and Sunday church meetings. Live life with an extreme sense of urgency. Look back on your life someday and regret things you did, not things you didn't do. Be on fire for God and live the life you are called to. Get excited when you worship. Get angry when you see things that just aren't right. Ask God to defibrillate your heart so your body can be full of life. Maybe someday we can all understand what it means to truly live every breath for Him.