Monday Message: Eternal You

You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God.
1 Peter 1:23
Sometimes it is hard for us to trust the imperishable that God gives to us.  We well know our flesh and weakness.  We are well versed in addiction, suffering, and death.  We have tasted and long for those moments of happiness and comfort.  These things are from a road tried and experienced.

But Jesus talks to us about eternal things.  Jesus whispers to us words like resurrection and renewal.  He tells us that he has planted an imperishable seed - promise of life that that we have yet to touch beyond the pale of death. 
So we doubt and attempt to hedge our bets.  We live as much from the perishable seed we have been given from our ancestors.  We give token credence to the imperishable that we have more difficulty conceptualizing… much less experiencing.
Let me point you gently to the evidence.  It is in the joy that springs in your heart at the grace and beauty in creation’s witness.  It is in the weeping at the bonds of family and humanity that speak of a depth and eternity greater than our limited perspective.  It is in those moments when the veil of life is lifted and we know the peace of God despite our circumstances.  It is in those moments that we “taste and see that the Lord is good.” (1 Peter 2:3).
These experiences might seem weak until you “come to him, a living stone” (1 Peter 2:4) and allow yourself to be built upon Christ.  As you lean into Christ, you will find yourself built into a spiritual house that cannot be shaken.  Soon, the light of heaven will illuminate the darkest day upon this earth.
Begin today.  Recount the moments of grace and glory that God has given you to witness the imperishable life God has given you.  If you can’t recall them at the moment, that is okay.  Simply slow yourself down and ask God to help you to taste and to see.  In prayer, come to the Lord and ask him to build you upon Christ spoken into your life.
Lord Jesus, we run pretty hard without you.  We are so pressed, we are afraid to slow down and come to you.  Give us space today.  Give us courage to lean into you and live the new life you give to us.  In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

Keenan Barber