There are a handful of internal longings that universally connect us as human beings. The desire to be fully alive is one of them. There is a deep ache in the soul of humanity that longs to be fully alive. We may each describe and express that desire differently, but it resides within all of us.
None of us sits around hoping for a life defined by mediocrity. None of us feel good about one day after another passing, each more uneventful than the one before. We long for excitement, hope, and something that will make us feel we are part of something bigger than ourselves.
Jesus directly speaks to this longing when he sets before us the vision of abundant life. “I have come to bring life, and bring life to its full.” (John 10.10) I believe that is the reason we all long to be human beings that are fully alive – we are actually responding to the longing that Jesus already feels as he attempts to lead us into the life that God has designed for us.
This morning I was meditating on what appears to me to be one of the coolest verses in the Bible, though one I have not really noticed before:
“Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” (Ephesians 5.14)
The imagery speaks for itself, and I find every part of the verse inspiring. As I was reflecting on it this morning I noticed something intriguing about these words. This single sentence is actually a compilation of 3 different verses, merged together to communicate a powerful truth:
“And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.” (Romans 13.11)
But your dead will live, Lord; their bodies will rise— let those who dwell in the dust wake up and shout for joy— your dew is like the dew of the morning; you will make it fall on the spirits of the dead.” (Isaiah 26.19)
“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.” (Isaiah 60.1)
So that’s my prayer for today… to wake up from the slumber, to rise from the dead, to shout for joy, to be men and women that are fully alive!