Why seek ye the living among the dead?
This the question that the angel asked Mary Magdalene. Jesus had risen as He said He would. The living can’t dwell among the dead. Yet we try to make the two coexist all the time. We surround ourselves with dead things. We are constantly trying to breathe life into dead things: Dead people (in the spiritual sense), dead relationships, dead thoughts, and sometimes we even speak death to ourselves because we don’t have the courage to walk in faith.
When you walk in God’s power you are walking in life because you are in walking in the way of the Life Giver. However, when you try to walk out this life in your own power, you are walking in death. There are yokes that are of this world that you don’t have the power to break on your own. You may be able to keep some things at bay for a while, but you are not meant to sit on the throne of your life, God is.
How are you going to say that you are in Christ, but everything in your life is dead? Don’t get me wrong, we all have problems and no one’s life is picture perfect. What I mean is, how are you a creature in Christ but you have no hope, no faith, no belief, and no commitment?
Think about the T.V. show “The Walking Dead”. Everyone knows it’s a great show. Basically, it is about a group of people trying to survive during a zombie apocalypse. Now, think about zombies. What do they do? They wander aimlessly and are basically controlled by the desires of their flesh. They are controlled by their dead bodies and are slaves to their dead state of mind. Before Christ came to bridge the gap between us and the Father, we were the walking dead, we were the zombies. We were alive in body and mind, but dead because we covered in our sins and trespasses. Christ’s death gave us a way out of that bondage. He gave us a freedom that could only be taken away if we choose to walk outside of His will. You can’t have the life God intended for you without Christ being alive on the inside of you.
Then there are those who purposefully choose to live a dead life. They feel like they are doing this life thing “just fine” and that they don’t need any help. Oh, how mistaken they are!! Just because you have things or it doesn’t seem that you have that many problems, that doesn’t mean you are alive. You are existing. If you aren’t willing to die to your flesh and renew your spirit through Christ, you are very much a dead creature.
As I stated before, you can’t do this on your own. Paul says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Eph. 2:8-9). It’s very important that you understand that it’s God’s might and power at work through you, not your own. The Holy Spirit helps us to persevere in this life even though we are surrounded by other zombies, who have yet to be made alive. Thank God for the true gift of life!
This is the season of renewal, rebirth, and resurrection. Don’t be caught dead out here. The next level is going to require everything you’ve got, and only your Father can give you the life needed to sustain.