Life can be difficult at times, and it is also meant to be joyful. To find the dance we are called to, we need to know what stops us from putting on our dance shoes. Many of us live like we are dying rather than answering the call to dance! To dance, we need to claim who we are and what we have been given. Let’s call this a death to dance transition! The first level of death we experience occurred when Adam and Eve chose to eat the forbidden fruit. Once sin was introduced into the world, the consequence was an eternal spiritual death for all of man (Genesis 3). Ouch! Our struggle is real! The second level of death is physical which was first recognized when Adam and Eve’s son, Cain, killed his brother Abel (Genesis 4). Because we were born with 2 death sentences, we can rejoice in knowing this also means we have 2 life sentences, and God says we never have to die. Really? Yes, really! The transition begins.
Joyful Life Sentence #1-Spiritual
Jesus gives us the answer in John 10:10: “The thief comes only to steal and KILL and destroy; I have come that they may have LIFE and have it to the FULL.” Satan kills and Jesus brings life, and it is that simple. Also note that Jesus does not promise a minimal life but rather a full life. The first level of death that occurred on earth was spiritual death, and our first level of spiritual life is achieved eternally through Jesus. Once we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior (John 3:16), our eternal spiritual life sentence is given. Jesus has taken our sins to the grave, and death has been conquered. As our last breath is taken on earth, through Jesus, our next holy breath is taken in heaven! We have a blessed eternal life sentence with God!
Joyful Life Sentence #2-Physical
The second life sentence is our physical life. In Jeremiah 29:11 God says, “For I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God has a great plan for our lives, and it is achieved by becoming a disciple of Jesus which is why a spiritual life sentence must exist before physical life can be fully experienced. Physical life apart from Jesus is simple existence leading to death, and physical life with Jesus brings the abundant blessings of God now and forever more. Jesus tells us “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34). Selflessly loving others is how our physical life sentence is best achieved as we live the plan God has for each of us!
Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting (I Corinthians 15:55)? Our Father has brought us victory, and our hearts can forever sing! Let's live life to the fullest while our physical bodies are on earth, and we can know life only gets better in eternity. It’s time to put on your dance shoes and do the dance of life. Dance before the Lord as David did (2 Samuel 6) and remember…David continues to dance before the Lord (Matthew 27:50-52)!