Eldredge starts this section by making a point that we are like the captain of a ship that is lost at sea. One of his favorite phrases for the condition of the average heart is “we are alert and oriented times zero” meaning that we are lost and don’t have a clue.
Given our condition it would appear that God has abandoned us. Or, maybe I’m not doing my part? It seems either we’re blowing it or God is holding out on us. Seems he hasn’t come through for me, for us.
Long ago and wise man named Irenaeus said: “The glory of God is man fully alive.” Jesus said something very similar. “…but I have come that they may have life and have it more abundantly.” He wants us to have a blessed, abundant life.
What could all this mean to us today?
There is more–more to life than I currently realize. King David of the Old Testament relays that God gives us guidance to the path He has us follower: “You have made known to me the path of life.” (Psalm 16:11) John the Apostle say that Jesus leads us into the light: “In him was life, and that life was the light of men.” John 1:4 Jesus is the giver of life. John 5:40 We have put off the old life and put on a new life. II Corinthians 5:17
That is the life I am looking for and longing for. I want it Jesus. I am ready to receive.
Is all that Jesus referred to given to us for the future or is it meant to be ours here and now?
Jesus offers a great promise in Luke 18. For those who’ve forsaken all in the world to follow him, he promises to reward in this life, in the here and now, and also a life with Him in eternity. But back to this life on earth, we must get it through our thick skulls that in the midst of all that we experience, the good and the bad, God offers us more, much more than we see and experience with Him today.
I’ve seen it! I have seen His glory come down and be lived out in some great men and women of faith. I’ve seen it! It is real! The stories I have been told could only have been put together by a miracle-performing, benevolent, and loving God. When life is hard, we, you and I, must believe there is more because there is. And, there is more He is offering us in the hard, hard times. We’ve got to believe that because it is true. He is a miracle-performing, benevolent, and loving God and He offers us more–“in this age” and “in the age to come.” Eternal life! Eternal life is
now and in the future when we are united with Him as His bride.
So, let me go back to that Irenaeus statement: “The glory of God is man fully alive.” I don’t know what you take from that statement but Irenaeus say that God’s glory is somehow tied to us being more fully alive. Do you believe that?
Ponder that for a moment. There are huge implications if that is true.
Why are we not “fully alive?” Could it be because there are evil forces around us taking us out? I believe that is the case. Evil hunts us and seeks to destroy us according to Jesus. John 10:10
Read on to find out how we arm ourselves for the battle that wages against us.