Are You Live Now?

It’s an oddity that I’m still trying to get accustomed to. It keeps showing up and has been doing so for at least six months. What strange occurrence am I talking about? Well, I’m an avid social media user and the notifications from Facebook were a little humorous to start with. The notification will simply say, “_____  ________  is live now.” Of course, my corny sense of humor got the best of me. barbecue_corn_freshMy first thought of astonishment was that if my friend is now live, what were they before now? Was my friend dead and I somehow missed an opportunity to grieve and show respect to their family?

Of course, I know that this is an option for facebook users to live stream personal video from their everyday life. The notifications just struck me as funny. Even now, it seems a little strange to me that anyone at any time can just start broadcasting. As much as I am into social media and enjoy electronics and such, you would think that I would have been one of the first to go “live” and dive in on the deep end of this broadcasting pool. I did get involved last year with a few Periscope broadcasts and I suppose I will soon utilize the Facebook live option.

lightstock_65946_medium_williamHowever, there was a serious side to my thoughts. There are really only two different types of people walking among us on this planet. There are those who are live and those who are dead. No, I’m not writing a piece of fiction where one’s mind is allowed to go into the realms of the unknown. I’m writing about the sobering reality of those without Christ. Jesus Christ is the ultimate authority on life and death. In my vernacular, He could say, “I’ve been there, done that, and I’ve got the scars to prove it.” He really does say, “I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore” (Revelation 1:18).

What about the live and the dead? Let’s start with the non-life entities. Those who are without Christ are not simply sin sick and in need of a little first aid. Scripture teaches us that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). We further see the morbid plight of humanity when we learn, “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). “Dead in sins” (Ephesians 2:5) is what we are until we experience the life-giving power of salvation. Therefore, those without eternal life are the walking dead among us.
photo-1445210421366-993b1fb9d1edThe only way to escape the sin sinking ship on which we are all born is to become born-again. That involves admitting that you are a sinner. While in prayer, you confess that to God Almighty and receive the forgiveness of your sins that Jesus Christ has already paid for with His own life. Yes, “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). It is through this repentance of sins and faith in His vicarious death and resurrection that you can receive the free gift of salvation, which is eternal life. If you are dead in your sins and trespasses, you can become “live now.” Whoever believes in Him will not be put to shame and whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

If you’d like to talk more about the wages of sin, escaping the second death, and this eternal life that you can be born-again into, please contact me and let’s continue this grace-filled discussion. Do you have any kind of spiritual beliefs? To you, who is Jesus? Are you live now?A photo by Oscar Keys.

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