What does it mean to have life? George Strait sang a song that has this line in it: "Life's not the breaths you take but the moments that take your breath away." Is life about going to work, coming home, eating, sleeping, and repeating the cycle? Or does living involve something more than just being alive? When our founding fathers wrote that all men have a right to life, I believe that yes, they were referring to the right to exist, but they were also referring to something deeper, something more. They were stating that all men have been given the right to truly live - to make a living and enjoy a certain quality of life.

Jesus seemed to have a similar view of life while He was here on earth. He stated, "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10). We know that people all around us are alive and breathing without knowing or believing in Jesus. The Greek word that is used in this passage for life, however, actually means an absolute fullness of life. Jesus is not just talking about our existence, although we know that ultimately He is responsible for our every breath. Jesus is talking here about a quality of life, both in this world and the world to come. Because of Christ's sacrifice on the cross, each of us is entitled to accept the gift of eternal life that He is offering. When we accept that gift, not only are we assured a place in heaven throughout eternity, but we also begin to enjoy the benefits of a higher quality of life here on earth.

Choosing to accept life abundant,

Pastor Sutherland

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