Life truly is what you make it. God gives us an opportunity each day to decide how our life will flow. He announced to Israel on one occasion, “This day have I set before you life and death blessings and cursings.” He even went so far as to make a recommendation to them suggesting they choose life so they and their future generations might live. God’s desire is for us to focus on Him because whatever you focus on grows in your life. Whatever thoughts dominate your mind will also dominate your words.
Jesus’ statement my words are spirit and life tells us that whenever the Word is released life is released. He did not say, My words are living”; He said, “My word are life.” This means whenever the Word enters a person that person begins to really live spiritually. This also means you must strive be in a position where the Word can flow to you and through you. God wants to work with you as a conduit for Him to manifest on earth. Disobedience, pride, worry, or perverseness block the flow and life stops.
As a believer, you can be the bearer of both death and life. The Pharisees were the most observant of every rite and tradition of their day. Yet Jesus called them whitewashed tombs full of dead men’s bones because outwardly they looked as though they had God's approval, but inside they were full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. You may conform to every orthodox, doctrine and protocol and yet the Word will not flow through you if you are harboring bitterness, unforgiveness or some other inward putrefaction.
So you see at any given moment you can be the giver of life of death. It all depends on how you handle the Word. This explains why God saved and filled Cornelius’ family and friends while Peter was speaking to them (Acts 10). God saw a man obeying his Word and allow it to minister life to his entire community. This also explains why Achan was destroyed after stealing the “devoted” thing (Josh 7). Your responsibility should bring sobriety. Become a channel of life to your surroundings and bring hope to those who are dying. Life is what you make it.
Lord, so much depends on how I handle your Word today. Make me like Ezekiel’s river. Help me to bring greenness and life to parched and barren lands. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Dt. 30:10-20; Psalm 84:1-7; Proverbs 18:21; Is.43:16-21; Ezekiel 47; John 10:10; Acts 10; Rev. 22:1-2