There is the way of life that brings life to us and to others and there is a way of living that brings death and darkness and disappointment. Moses makes this clear to the people of Israel just as they are about to enter the Promised Land. Loving the Lord God and treating others as God desires brings life, joy, hope, and so much more.
“See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.
But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess” (Deuteronomy 30:15-18).
Ecclesiastes reminds us that “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:…” (3:1). I think of “a time to be born” as I am invited to baptize children or see infants baptized in worship. This week I am reminded that there is “a time to die” as I prepare for three funerals in the next four days.
And yet even in death there can be life for we worship and serve the Risen Christ. Thank God for sending Jesus to us and to all the world, which see in Chapter 1 of John’s Gospel.
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth…Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:14, 16-17).
In Jesus there is the way that leads to life. When we choose Jesus we choose the life that is truly life and light; and we walk away from the way of death, darkness, and disappointment. Jesus is “The light [which] shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5). And Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (John 14:6).
Choose life this day in all you do, say, and think. Live in the Light and Love of the Christ. Choose Life!