“We are not home yet,
We are not home yet,
Keep on looking ahead,
let your heart not forget,
we are not home yet.”
Steven Curtis Chapman
You’re not dead yet.
Look at your hands. They are still capable.
Look at your feet. They are still moving.
Look at your self in the mirror. You are still here.
Nothing paralyzes us like fear, anxiety, stress, worry, the demands of life. We can stick our head in the sand, wait until the end, let the world around us sway our hearts, douse ourselves in entertainment or alcohol to numb the pain of life…but the truth is.. you are still here.
I was talking to a new friend a few weeks ago who serves in the church I attend. This person had been helping to lead worship and had not really had a great day. They felt like they would just come, do their duty in church and then fade to the background, sitting in the corner, nobody paying attention.
Only I was there and for some reason God nudged me to pay attention to this person.
As we talked, they told me about their life, about their relationships and their mistakes. Their failures and regrets. And then it struck me…God cares about this story. This person has something to offer the world that they don’t even realize yet.
And that is where I think you may be today. I know I’m there at times.
Ready to throw in the towel. Check out for a little while. Tie it all up in a nice neat bow and say, “I’m finished.”
You aren’t dead yet.
Perhaps you’ve just received news that you or someone close to you has a terminal illness. Maybe life has thrown you a huge curve-ball in the last few days or so. Maybe you’re just not psyched because it’s Monday and you are stuck in a mundane job with a meaningless mission. Whatever you may be experiencing this morning… I want to offer you some encouragement…
You aren’t dead yet. So…
- Wake up. Set your alarm earlier tomorrow and get your head on straight. Pull yourself out of the bed, splash some water on your face. Meet the day with new eyes and a better spirit. Get out of the cloud. The spring is here. New life. New opportunity. New eyes to see. New skin to experience it all with. Shed the winter haze and come out of hibernation. Jesus said it best…”I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live.” Practice resurrection. Practice waking up. Inject yourself with the Word of God today and wake up. There’s something for you to do.
- Get in touch with God. God owns the blueprints on your life. So He added something to your life that you weren’t expecting or that you didn’t want? What now? What’s next? You need to ask Him. He wants to tell you. He’s already speaking to you and you don’t even know it yet. There is a message coming loud and clear, but you’ve had your muffs over your ears and gotten complacent, comfortable, secure… you are middle class America. Stop being that way. Get in touch with Him. Quiet your soul. Hit the pause button on your life for 30 minutes. Take your lunch today and just sit still. Don’t talk, Don’t engage conversation with anyone other than Jesus today during that time. And then listen for it. His voice. Let His words speak to you. Read Psalms 42.
- Open your eyes. The world around you is dying. It is spiritually dead. You have life inside of you. If you are a child of God, redeemed by the Spirit, trusting in the life of Jesus… you bring life with you wherever you go. Do not neglect the light that lives in you. People need it. They need to see it, hear it, know it, and believe it. But they won’t ever believe it if they do not see it in you. They need to see it in the way you speak, the way you hold your head up when you have no reason to. They need to see it in the way you live, the way you trust unswervingly in the power of the resurrection to rejuvenate and restore life to a dead world.
- Use your hands and feet. I’m reading a book right now by a guy named Bob Goff. It’s called “Love Does”. The essence of the book is that we don’t just talk about these things. We don’t just talk about how important it is to love people. We begin loving people. Love does. And it does it well. Use your hands and feet to love people today. Use your words to encourage and inspire hope. Use your life to share truth and to live fully the moments you do have. You aren’t dead yet. Don’t reflect the temperature of this earth. Light up a room when you step in it. Raise the temperature and inject life into people. Don’t be a vaccuum and suck the life out of people today. Use your life to give more life.
You’re not dead yet. Stop acting like Monday is the worst thing in the world. It’s not. Even death can be glorious if we live a life of absolute passion and unashamed faith in our King.
When you pray “THY KINGDOM COME”, remember that you must be willing to let God do just that through you. You and I are the way in which the Kingdom translates to earth. God is not content to just let you sit in a corner and do nothing. He is relentless in his pursuit of us.
Life, even our brief lives… has the ability to burn and burn out. So burn out bright. Or don’t burn at all.
Wake up, you’re not dead yet.
“I know there’ll be a moment,
I know there’ll be a place,
Where we will see our Saviour,
and fall in His embrace,
So let us not grow weary or too content to stay,
Cause we are not home yet.”