Extra Strength: Stop Living Like You’re Dead {John}

We leave the church building inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement each Sunday … and somewhere along the course of the week, often we find ourselves in need of a little bit of something to help us through.

Welcome to Extra Strength: a mid-week pick-you-up for the soul. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for extra encouragement and challenge. 

Extra Strength

Listen to Vacancy from Sunday, April 5 2015

By John Worth, Immanuel attendee and blogger

“The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead!” Luke 24:5-6

“Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive?” the angel asked, as if the women should have known better. I mean where else would have someone looked? I mean where would you have looked?

blog 4.6.15 John 1010The women and Jesus’ other followers watched his lifeless body be taken down from the cross. They probably even followed behind as his body was hastily wrapped in linen, put into a borrowed tomb and shut away from the world on that sad Friday.

I’ve been thinking about that question the angle asked the women a whole lot myself this week. Why do I sometimes find myself searching for live among things that are dead?

I have already emerged from that tomb with Jesus, crossing from the death that I’ve earned to life that has been gifted to me. Why then would I think that any sort of life could come from my selfishness, my pride and my stubbornness?

I know Jesus isn’t in that tomb anymore.he can’t taste death ever again; he’s alive, and so am I.

My desire is to walk in the light and the life we have through his death on the cross not to dwell in the darkness and death of the tomb. My prayer is for all of us to live lives reflective of Sunday, walking in the glory of Jesus’s resurrection on that Easter day.

We have been crucified with Christ and share in the new life he has given us.

It’s time to stop living like we’re dead. It’s time to really live.

IMG_8516John Worth is a lifelong attender of Immanuel and husband to Hyacynth. John’s two boys keep him and Hy on their toes most evenings. When he’s not nose deep in spreadsheets at work John enjoys helping others navigate the waters of life.


Be Challenged: 

  • Did you say yes to Jesus? Let’s live like Sunday people! Carry the hope of the life Christ gives in your heart daily and ask God to help your actions be an overflow of that hope.

Go Deeper:

  • Tell us about how it changed your life after you said yes to Jesus! Email HyacynthWorth{at}gmail{dot}com if you would be willing to share your story.