I owe you my life

16 Apr

Have you ever seen one of the those movies where one person saves the life of another and the person who is saved says,”I owe you my life, I am yours to command.” I have seen them and usually the person who has been saved the fairly annoying until they can do something equally important for the other person.

I wonder if we ever consider Jesus in that way, that literally, Jesus has saved our lives. Not only in terms of our eternal life, but the life we have here and now.

The reading from Colossians on Easter Sunday is straight and to the point.

3 1-2 So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.

3-4 Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life. When Christ (your real life, remember) shows up again on this earth, you’ll show up, too—the real you, the glorious you. Meanwhile, be content with obscurity, like Christ.

Isn’t this passage great, particularly how Eugene Peterson paraphrases it. Christ is the one who has saved our lives and we owe him our lives and we have the honor/joy/hope of living it for God.

I think of the truly beautiful things in our world – not just nature – but things like Handel’s Messiah, or Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, or Gandhi’s work to free India. These are incredible things that were done with a focused on Christ perspective.

Now, I know I will never do anything great like people I mentioned, but I can do small things that reflect the Christ-life here and now. Being kind, even on a bad day, working for peace – if only between church members-, helping to feed the people around me – if only for a day.

I know you can do God-inspired things too. Things that you have gifts and graces for and that God has made real to you. Mostly, as the passage says, don’t look down at the ordinary life around you; look up to the extraordinary life in Christ. Enjoy your resurrection life to the fullest. Peace

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