Daily reading: 2 January
In the beginning was the Word.
Something to read
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.’
John 1:1-5, New Revised Standard Version
Something to think about
Bon Jovi in their song 'It’s my life' sing: 'It's my life, It's now or never, I ain't gonna live forever, I just wanna live while I'm alive.'
The truth is we as human beings live in the realisation that one day we are going to die and it is not uncommon for people to feel that they want to live life to the full while they are alive.
But what does this phrase 'live life to the full' actually mean? Maybe for some it means going out and finding as much enjoyment as possible; maybe for others it means spending as much time with family and friends as possible; or maybe it’s about earning as much money as we can and spending it while we can.
This phrase “living life to the full” will mean different things to different people but it is probably safe to say that we as humans have a desire to have a good and full life.
However, when the world consistently catches us off guard with something that hits us hard, how on earth do we have a good and full life?
In this world that knocks us time and again through circumstance, the only way we can have a good and full life is to focus our desires and fix our hearts and minds on the giver of life.
We have just read in John’s Gospel that all life came into being through Jesus, the Word of God, and in him was life and that life is the light of humanity. In John 10:10 Jesus says: 'I have come that they (humanity) may have life and have life in all its fullness.' And again Jesus says: 'I am the way, the truth and the life.' (John 14:6)
If your heart cries out: 'I just wanna live while I’m alive', if your heart is crying out for fulfilment, take note that although this world offers much we will not find fullness of life in the things of this world; money, social lives, relationships, big houses and fancy cars.
The only place we can find true fullness of life is in the person who created life, is the person who offers life, is in the person who brings truthfulness and grace, is the person who has life in his very being and that person is Jesus Christ.
It is a life that brings pure love from a perfect God. So, if you are today crying out in your heart of hearts for some kind of fulfilment in this world, join with me in praying the following prayer and remember that in Jesus Christ there is always life, and life in abundance.
Loving Jesus, I thank you that you came into this world so that I may have a full and complete life in you, that I may have a full and complete relationship with you, that I may receive a love from you that can never be broken by anything in this world.
Forgive me for the things I have done wrong that have hurt you and others. Bringer of life I want you to be at the centre of my life helping me to live a life that is pleasing to you which is truly complete in a way that this world cannot offer. In your precious name I pray, Amen.
Something to do
Take a few moments in the quiet and think about the good things, such as friends and family, in your life and give thanks to God for those things. Also remind yourself that despite the wonderful things you have in your life, God alone can bring true fulfillment.
Today's contributor is Joshua Norris, a minister of the United Reformed Church.