Is There Life Before Death?

by Doug Malear on February 27th, 2012

Jesus said in John 10:10, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” NKJ

Is there “life” before death? Anyone who believes in eternal life or the “hear-after” will tell you there is life after death. The Apostle Paul said that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord and the Bible teaches that after this earthly life we will live forever in eternity. But, what about before we leave this life, “Is there life before death,” or are we just born, follow some predestined routine and then die? Are we just puppets, playing out a predetermined destiny that we have no real control over? Are we just waiting, with our heads in the sand, to get through this life, not really living it? I want something a bit more meaningful than that in this life and I believe the Lord expects more than that from us. I want to truly live a life that matters, a more abundant life.

I think many people are going through this life looking life-like, but not really engaged, and not living the life of abundance Jesus offers. Jesus said He came to give, not only life, but life more abundant. The original Greek for the word abundantly in John 10:10 is Per-is-sos’ and it means; exceeding some number or measure or rank or need …. over and above, more than is necessary ….. something further, more superior, extraordinary, surpassing, uncommon …. more remarkable, more excellent.
He uses this full and lengthly description to impress upon us that He wants us to live life fully invested and fully alive in this world. He wants us to live life out-loud, without fear, and fully embracing all that He has for us here, as well as in the life to come. We may know that there is life after death, but Jesus desires us to experience life more abundant before death.

In the movie Braveheart, actor Mel Gibson plays the part of the 14th century, historical, Scottish hero, William Wallace. A well publicized line in the movie is; “All men die; few men ever really live.” William Wallace lived during a time of civil unrest in Scotland. After John Balliol, who held the throne of Scotland for a brief time, relinquished his kingship, Edward I, of England, had control of Scotland and ruled over the Scots with a heavy hand. Wallace rallied his countrymen and inspired them to fight for their freedom, and even give their very life for it. He himself was executed in 1305, but he lived life to the fullest by giving himself fully to standing up for his beliefs. I wonder how many of us are actually living our lives to the fullest, that is, to the point that we are willing to die reaching for that abundant life.

Every morning when the sun comes up on the African plain, a gazelle wakes up, and it knows that to survive today, it must run faster than the fastest lion. Also, every morning when the sun comes up on the African plain a lion wakes up, and it knows that to survive this day, it must run faster than the slowest gazelle. So whether you are a gazelle or a lion, when the sun comes up you’d better be running. The point is that whatever our place or position in life, we need to be fully engaged participants to survive and flourish.

Jesus said in John 10:10, in the first part of that scripture, that the thief (satan) has come to steal, kill and destroy. He comes to convince us that we cannot live a victorious abundant life in Christ, by stealing our inheritance, killing our dreams and destroying our spirit. We live in a fallen world full of temptation, sin, tragedy and man’s inhumanity to man. We, as Christians, should be living victorious, exciting and challenging lives, holding back the enemy with one hand and building the kingdom of God (soul by soul) with the other hand.

Believers have been given a number of mandates in the Bible to live full and exciting lives. We’re told in Jude 23 to snatch others out of the fire; in Matthew 10 to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves ; in Luke 9 to take power and authority over all demons and cure diseases; In Acts 1:8 to receive Holy Ghost power to be global witnesses for Jesus; in Romans 8 to be more than conquerors; in Philippians 3 to rejoice in the Lord always; in Colossians 3to set our minds on things above; in Titus 2 to say no to ungodliness; in James 1to count it all joy in trials and tribulations; in 2 Peter 1to be partakers of His divine nature; in 1 John 4to love one another; and in Revelation 2 to be over-comers. The devil will lie to you and say you have no life, but the Bible tells you that all the promises of God [to you] are yes and amen (so be it).

Is there life before death? It depends on whether you’re living or just existing.

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