Calling All Souls
Very truly, I tell you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life, and does not come under judgment, but has passed from death to life. John 5:24-27
In its simplicity death is the end of existence and life is the continuation of existence. In death there is not much thought after something has died. In life there is not much thought about the condition of living. The use of this definition is rather cut and dry. However in relationships it’s not always so. Another definition of death is; the personification of the power that destroys life, or the characterization of activity. When I use this definition, Jesus’ words make more sense for me. To pass from death to life means we are no longer agents of this power to destroy, and instead become agents for building upon the condition of living. There is a sense of relief in knowing that this journey is not simply about ending things that I might live, but also, much more about building up so that others may live as well. We build up by studying the word and using what we learn from other believers past and present to help us in our journey. We then pass it on to others in their journey. Perhaps we make mistakes along the way but our resolve to live as believers in the Spirit of Christ makes all the difference in this life, eternal life and the souls of the lives to come.