100-Day Identity Makeover: Day 8
You have crossed over from death to life. Often when people hear the words eternal life they think of a time in the future, specifically, life after death. Jesus, however, describes eternal life differently. “I tell you the truth, whoever hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life” (John 5:24).
Child of God, you are not waiting for eternal life to happen; you have eternal life, and as a possessor of such, you experience a state of being that is unlike anything this world has to offer: FREEDOM!
You are free from condemnation. Having received the free gift of eternal life through believing upon Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins, you are free. Your sins are removed from you as far as the east is from the west, and you will not be judged on the basis of your falling short. “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).
Do you know what freedom from condemnation really means? You are free from shame. Every day. You, possessor of eternal life, are free to live without shame from the moment you believed and throughout eternity. That’s a glorious freedom!
Eternal life removes another bondage that people otherwise experience- fear of dying. In the United States, fear of death is a phobia that 68% of people have.1 Being a possessor of eternal life means you are free to live without fear. Death of your body will not mean the end of your life; it only serves as a portal to a greater existence. Paul stated, “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ which is better by far, but is more necessary for you that I remain in the body” (Philippians 1:20-24).
One day, when your race on earth is done, meaning, you’ve completed all that God had for you to do, you get to graduate! You go to your heavenly reward. Nothing scary there! Jesus will welcome us into the everlasting family of pure love, pure joy, pure peace and pure light. No darkness exists in heaven; there is nothing to taint the holy Presence of God. With great pleasure, we will enjoy the Presence of God and all of His delights- something to look forward to with great expectation!
Possessor of eternal life, you do not live striving to measure up to some standard that man created. You already reached the only standard that carries eternal value: “I am a sinner and I cannot do anything to clear my guilt. I need a Savior.” This is good news, because all want to avoid shame, gain the approval of others, and escape the “not good enough” mindset. None of our striving to do so is necessary or successful, though. God has accepted you through His Son and grace is your new lifeline- do you believe? You are free from shame and every state of rejection related to it.
Possessor of eternal life, you have no fear of dying, and that frees you from a multitude of lesser fears and anxieties. Doubt and worry are part of your old nature, the one you knew before you surrendered your life to Christ. You are now free to live confidently and consistently aware of God’s faithful and eternal love.
Walk It Out Hear God’s Word and put it into practice (Luke 8:21).
Say these words when the enemy reminds you of your past sin: “It’s under the blood of Christ and removed from me; I am free from condemnation.”
1 National Institute of Mental Health. 8 July 2014. statisticsbrain.com. Accessed 23 April 2015.