” … we’re not in the land of the living going to the land of the dying. We’re in the land of the dying, trying to get to the land of the living.” – Larry Moody
I resonate with this observation by golfer and Christian teacher, Larry Moody which was quoted by Paul Azinger at the memorial service for another great golfer and Christian, Payne Stewart.
Too many of us live as if Christ came, died, and was raised from the dead – but nothing has changed. Perhaps it is because we still must live in the presence of sin and sin always brings our focus to death, not life. But the apostle Paul reminds us eloquently that things have changed, at least for those of us who have surrendered our lives to Jesus Christ.
“Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.” – Roman 6:5-10
Do we truly understand what that means? We have been delivered by the grace of God from the penalty of our sin. We are not longer separated from him, but united with him and his righteousness. We must live in the presence of sin until Jesus returns, but sin no longer has any power over us – except the power that we give to that sin.
Because Christ is now living in us and through us – we have the power to resist that sin. We no longer need a life of shame or regrets. We are no longer victims, but overcomers. We are now people who possess the righteousness of God so that we can be on mission with Jesus.
Life now has eternal purpose. And life now will be rewarded with life eternal.
Are you living a resurrection life, or do you still live as if you are forever in the valley of the shadow of death?