Spiritual Life: Running on All Cylinders

Jesus said that he came that people like us might have life. He claims that his life directs people by giving them light.[1]  His life satisfies[2]; it is what human beings were made for. His life is indestructible: it goes on forever. We need his life, and that is just why he came: to give it for us so that he could give it to us.

So what does that mean in our situation? Two things. If you do not have this life, you may wonder why things don’t seem to be quite right for you. The problem is that you are trying to do life with only half the original equipment supplied by the manufacturer. You have biological life (which is winding down all the time), but you lack spiritual life.

Years ago, I had a van with over 200,000 miles and it was running really rough. It was backfiring and stalling. I thought we would have to make an appointment for a tune-up. But before I did that, I opened the hood and there, right in front of me, was a spark plug wire hanging loose. The engine was running on only five of its six cylinders. As soon as I put the wire back on, it ran fine (or as fine as a van with about a quarter million miles can be expected to run).

If you lack spiritual life, you are running on only one of two cylinders. You were not designed for that. You need life – the life of the spirit. And the only place to go for it is Jesus. He is the gate, the way in, the “way, the truth and the life.” By trusting him with yourself, you will experience an added dimension – another cylinder – to life. If you don’t know how to trust your life to him, find someone who has already done it, and ask them how you can do it to. If you really don’t know anyone like that, email me at the address below for some initial instructions. There is a new kind of life available – don’t miss out on it.

If you have already received that life, but it is not running right, you may need to check for contaminates or occlusions. Something may be blocking the flow of Christ’s life in you. It may be a sin or a selfish attitude. Ask God to search you for whatever it is, so that you can clear away the blockage. In all probability, you already know what it is. Don’t fool around: deal with it head-on and get back to the business of living with, and for, Jesus.


[1] John 8:12; 12:35-36

[2] John 6:35

About salooper57

Husband, father, pastor, follower. I am a disciple of Jesus, learning how to do life from him. I read, write, walk, play a little guitar, enjoy my family.
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