THE BIGGER LIFE

“While we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life”.

2 Cor 5:4 NIV

Sometimes we say, when things are confusing and downright nonsensible, “What a life”. So many things don’t make sense. Why are some people rich whilst others, good people, are poor – and seem to get poorer? Why do some people suffer an illness, handicap, and injury? Why do some just stumble from one misfortune to another? And why does everyone believe that “if anything can go wrong it will?” Who was it who coined the phrase, “the general cussedness of life”? So many things just don’t make sense. And a chorus of agreement went up when Scott Peck declared to the world, “Life is difficult”.

To the people of Corinth, however, into this difficult life there came a shaft of light, a welcome morsel of relief – it was the good news of Jesus, his love, and his salvation. It gave them joy, peace, and hope. And it alleviated the drabness and dreariness of life on planet earth. And Paul taught them to look forward even further – to life beyond the grave. For knowing Jesus involved accepting the promise of eternal life. “Life doesn’t end at death” declared the gospel of Jesus, “It becomes bigger, better, larger, more wholesome. The existing life in Christ is glorious. The newer life will be more glorious. The mortality of earth becomes swallowed up in the immortality of heaven”. “Paul depicts the new age (life) as, let us say, a larger fish overtaking and swallowing whole a smaller fish (his mortality in this present age)” (P. Barnett, The Message of 2 Corinthians, p99).

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord, help me to see beyond the struggles of the earth to eternity.

PRAYER OF INTERCESSION

Lord, help me to think more about others than about myself. Show me how to be sensitive to their way of seeing things and supportive towards them when they are experiencing problems. Help me to care for them without being patronising and kind without being condescending. Make my love genuine. I ask it in Christ’s name. AMEN

I.B.R.A. Readings

1 Kings 18:30–39