Are you toiling for a better life based on the plans and efforts of the world? Consider what Jesus offers you through his redemptive power today. Many of us are trying to do a little better than the last generation, while Jesus is offering us a complete transformation…
There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.
For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.
1 Peter 1:18-19
There is a way that seems right. We are all on that path in life, aren’t we? We do what we think is right. It seems right. Every indication is that we are doing the right things to live a good life. In fact, we often follow the previous generation’s example with the changes necessary to produce an outcome which is just a little bit better than our parents. That goal may be increasingly out of reach in the 21st century as the middle class is threatened and the gap between the rich and poor widen.
Maybe it is the goal of having a better family in which there is less strife or marriage breakdown. Or that our kids would go to college and have a better chance in the competition for opportunities in life. We see the path before us and we do what appears to be right. By all appearance we are on the right track.
Yet it leads to death. Huh?
This is a bit of a trick question. The truth is that there is only one way that leads to life. No matter what we do and what strategies we employ to live a good life, we will die. All roads lead to the grave. No one has found a fountain of youth or the tree of life. Our best intentions lead to the same outcome. Death.
We want more than that, don’t we? We want to live forever and we want a fulfilling and abundant life on the way. Peter shares in his letter that when we trust Jesus we have been redeemed from the empty way of life passed down from our ancestors. In other words, Jesus paid for us to not live that empty way of life. In fact, he paid for us to live abundantly now and to live forever in heaven. We were not redeemed with something perishable like silver or gold, but rather by someone imperishable: Jesus.
So when we think about the path in front of us, and how we are trying to do a little better than our parents in life, Jesus is offering us something transformative. The life he offers is a new life, and abundant life, and eternal life. And it doesn’t lead to death, because even though we die, we will have everlasting life with God in heaven.
Are you toiling for a better life based on the plans and efforts of the world? Consider what Jesus offers you through his redemptive power today…