We Are the Dead

The title of this blog is a tribute to David Bowie, who died this week. I found one of his song titles that describes how we often feel as Christians.

“How is this possible when Jesus promises to give us life to the full?” 

“How is this possible when He promises to give me rest?”

We are not supposed to feel dead when we know Christ has died to give us new life. But if we are honest we can admit we have all felt this way at one time or another. 

How does this happen?

Every time I get my teeth cleaned at my dentist’s office I see a sign that reminds me of the importance of flossing every day:

“Only floss the teeth you want to keep.” 

In the same way, only spend time with Jesus on the days you want Him to lead you, restore you, grow you and give you rest.

“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret.” — Jesus on how we are to pray (Matthew 6:6 ESV)

"So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.” — Paul on the importance of allowing Jesus to daily renew our hearts (2 Corinthians 4:16 ESV)

We wonder why we don’t experience more of the Holy Spirit. We wonder why we don’t have more of our prayers answered. We wonder why we can’t sleep, why we are stressed out. We wonder why we can’t hear from the Father, or experience more of His love. I mean, why the heck don’t I have more peace in my life?!

The answer is simple, but hard to believe and live like it is true.

Prayer and meeting with Jesus every day is essential for the person who wants to be transformed and led by Jesus daily.

When we come before Jesus in prayer, offering Him ourselves, we are demonstrating that we trust Him. That we need Him. That we cannot do life without Him. 

We need to learn to tell Him how much we long for Him and His love, and He will let His love rest on you. 

As we receive His love, we find rest, peace, and hope as He takes the burdens of our lives and exchanges them with His.

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” — Jesus (Matthew 11:28–30 RSV)