Many of you have heard the quote from Saint Irenaeus that says, “The glory of God is man fully alive.” I use that quote as the banner on this site and on my Facebook and Twitter pages. It is a powerful statement that speaks to what it is we are created for in living out God’s purpose of glorifying Him through our own lives. What does this statement mean to you. Many will look at it and shrug their shoulders at it thinking it’s just another cliche statement that doesn’t carry much weight. If God is really about us coming alive, then why do we find so much trial and difficulty in our lives that seem to draw us back into a world of heartache and difficulty. We get bombarded with so many challenges day and night that it becomes difficult for many to see just where God is working.
What I’ve come to realize is that all of this difficulty and struggle comes about because we are born into a world that constantly at war. We are faced with a world that is full of struggle and difficulty, anxiety, worry, and pain. Since the fall of man in Eden, God has been constantly waging war against Satan and his demons that are constantly trying to overtake our lives and turn us away from God. In Exodus 15:3, the Hebrews proclaimed that “The Lord is a Warrior.” God has waged a continuing battle to win us back every since the fall. What is He battling for? For our hearts and that we can turn to Him and finally achieve the purposeful life we were created for.
Now for many, they may see that our faith in Christ grants us life in Heaven. They miss a key part of what eternal life is about. Eternal life begins now. By our faith in Christ we are open to eternal life and fully our full design. That does not start after we leave here, but it starts now on this earth. Eternal life means always living, not living after we die. Jesus came with the promise of life. In John 10:10, Jesus says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Through Christ we have a chance to defeat the evil in this world and beginning to come alive through Him.
Now back to the war I was talking about. God has been waging a war for us since the fall. We face so much difficulty in this world because we face an enemy that is trying to always pull us away from God. You see it today in the media as people are so bent on being in this progressive society and discounting anything that is spoken from The Word. That is Satan at work. Jesus told us that we will continue to have trials and sorrows in the world. Through our faith in Him, we can overcome all of that because He overcame this world and stole the keys of hell and death and was risen to new life securing our rebirth.
We have to always remember that we are at war and God is at war for us. Jesus has brought us new life and now we have the opportunity to fully come alive through faith in Christ and what He has secured for us. In the book, “Waking the Dead,” John Eldredge said, “War is not just one among many themes in the Bible. It is the backdrop for the whole Story, the context for everything else. God is at war. He is trampling out the vineyards where the grapes of wrath are stored. And what is He fighting for? Our freedom and restoration. The glory of God is man fully alive.”
We are going to be continually at war in this life. Don’t let struggles that you face pull you away from your faith. I know that it will be easy to turn away. We’ve all faced struggles that make it difficult to see where God is at work. Trust me, He always is at work and will never stop fighting for us and pursuing our hearts. That’s how much He loves every single one of us. We can come alive through Christ and start living out exactly what we were created for in the eternal life that begins now through our faith.