Main Idea: My job situation is a detail in a much larger life than I realize.
Like all the details of our lives, as believers our jobs rest in a larger context. And our text passage gives us that larger context.
Text Verse: John 5:24 (NIV) “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.
I. What Happened to You?
You may or may not know this, but you actually passed away the moment you came to Christ. You died to death and were born again to life.
His Spirit entered our own dead spirit and brought it to life by His Spirit. He brought us out of the darkness of death into the light of life.
Colossians 3:3 says “You have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”
II. What is Eternal Life?
It is a relationship. An eternal, inseparable connection with our Creator.
1 John 5:20 (NIV) We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true–even in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.
John 17:3 (NIV) Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
That connection is never severed. And that is why Jesus said he who believes in Me will never die, even though physically we may leave this life.
One of the problems of grasping the size of our lives is we confuse our life with our location. Our location, here on earth is temporary. But our life is eternal.
This is so relevant today with so much death and the threat of death and the fear of death surrounding us. This is a good thing to remember that He is life. Thank the Lord, for choosing us to be in His forever family. What a day of rejoicing it will be when we all are reunited and seeing Him face to face.
2 Corinthians 4:16 (NIV) Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. What is being renewed? The vitality and vibrancy of our eternal life, which is our relationship with Him.
Our job situation is also a relationship builder with the Lord, if we take the opportunity to experience it as such.
Day by Day God wants to teach us how much bigger our lives are than any of its details.
III. How Big is Your Life? How big is eternity?
Value the insights He gives you.
Value the love lessons.
Value the heart touches.
Value the personal disclosures He gives you.
Value the reminders.
Take hold of the eternal life.
Take hold of your relationship with Him.
IV. Invited to Peace
The Lord invites us to never worry. About anything. Even though we may be distressed by the tribulations of the world we are not without recourse. He says to us us in so many words, “I got this. Relax.” In the actual words of The Scripture it is rendered this way.
Isaiah 41:10 “Do not fear for I am with you. Do not anxiously look about you for I am your God.” Boy can we use a heaping helping of that truth in these times.
Psalm 55:22 says “Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you.”
Isaiah 26:3 (KJV) Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Jeremiah 32:17 tells us “Nothing is too difficult for Thee”
Philippians 4:6 “Be anxious for nothing…”
1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on Him…”
Matthew 11:28 Come to Me… and I will give you rest”
He is using my job situation to better acquaint me with His peace.
V. Invited to Love
Matthew 22:37-38 (NIV) 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. I approach it by faith, not as a work, which was the Lord’s intention when You gave it in the first
He is using my job situation to make His love a growing reality in my larger life. My eternal life.