“Only let us live up to what we have already attained.”
If you are a Believer then you have already attained eternal life with Jesus Christ our Lord. God is calling us to live as if we truly know we have eternal life. A life of no tears, no sorrow, where all needs, wants and desires have been fulfilled. A life with no sin, no temptation, no heart ache, no pain. Living now as if we already have what is to come.
Last week I went into a convenience store and the clerk said to me as I entered, “Where’s that smile? It can’t be all that bad.” I said to her “Thank you for reminding me. Unfortunately sometimes I have to be reminded to smile.” And I was having a good day. I had plenty to smile about.
Some people call this “posturing”. In sales it can be called it “assuming the deal” or “assumptive selling”. Some people call it “hypocritical” because we are acting different than what really is. We are acting like we have it together when we don’t. We are acting like we have already made the sale, when we haven’t.
I would challenge us to go a little deeper thinking this through. Is it “hypocritical”? I don’t think so. The reality is we do have eternal life if we are believers so why not act like it. Does it mean we have to be all happy and carefree all the time? Absolutely not. But we do need to hold onto the joy and the hope that God has infused into us with His Spirit. Galations 2:20 says “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Christ lives in us so let Christ be seen in us.
We have won the war so let us act like winners during the battles!