I’ve always been smitten with the ending of the cult classic movie Hook, where Robin Williams’ Peter Pan declares at the culmination of his journey, “To live would be an awfully big adventure.”
Never has that truth been more apparent to me than during lockdown and quarantine in early 2020. Day by day I find myself more acutely conscious of what makes life adventurous—the things I truly look forward to. It used to be writing days in a coffee shop, weekend adventures to malls and restaurants, and hanging out with friends. Lately I’m more enthralled with the adventure of Starbucks drive-thru, wilderness hikes, and the simple joy of a conversation with six feet of space between.
The truth is, life can be an adventure any time we’re willing to make it one; this life has inherent value, and it’s up to us to seize it and make the most of it. I firmly believe we make the choice to redeem or squander every moment of the day; we can either use them for what matters or what doesn’t. That’s not to say we can never sit and watch some Netflix, but as we plan our days, may we always remember that the hours are precious.
Life is important. Living it matters. Jesus came so that we could have more abundant lives both now and in eternity; that means it is possible to make the most of this one, even in a fallen world. We can use these dark days for good; we can choose to seek the positive; we can win souls for Jesus so they, too, experience the more abundant life Jesus offers to all.
Are we making the most of this life, or coasting through it? Do we prioritize an abundant existence, or are we content with living less than what Jesus wants for us? Do we treat life like an adventure or a chore? And more important—what does God want us to do with life?
Are we doing that?
What is Life?
Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines life as “the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body; a principle or force that is considered to underlie the distinctive quality of animate beings.”
Just as the human spirit knows and constantly rages against death for which we were not inherently designed, life is imprinted deep within us—a mark of our eternal Creator. We yearn not just to live, but to live well. Human beings are capable of great and sometimes terrifying things to survive; some even hold so tightly to their own lives, they devalue others.
This life can also be one of the greatest single sources of distraction, as it draws our attention away from what matters most—life in the age to come. The constant struggle for the Christian is to hold the proper estimation of life in this world and the one that will follow, to ensure we squander neither; for both are a gift from our Maker.
What Does the Bible Say About Life?
1 Corinthians 15:22 – For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.
John 11:25 – Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live…
Galatians 2:20 – I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
How Should I Relate to Life?
Recognize that this life is temporary. As full of beauty as it can be, as full of wonder and awe and joy, it is still temporary; don’t cling so tightly to this life and become so obsessed with having the “perfect” one here that you sacrifice the sheer, vital importance of the life to come—the one that will last eternally for those saved by the payment of Jesus’s blood for their sins.
There are some in Christian circles who swing so far on this pendulum, they firmly believe that to enjoy anything in this life is a sin, even a betrayal to God; however, that’s not the case. Jesus came “so [we] can have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10). This is not just so that people can live fully in the future with everlasting life and spiritual bodies—though ideally, that’s where you’re headed!—but also, with Jesus as the source of your strength, the living water from which you drink, you can experience an abundance of life now. He wants us to live well both now and in eternity, the right way—through him.
So, how should we relate to this life? Hold it carefully as the precious gift from God it is; but don’t cling to it to the detriment of others or your eternal salvation. This life is a vapor, the one to come is without end for those saved by trust in Jesus. So ensure that you’re using this life to store up treasure for that one. Think of it as a gift, an opportunity to seek joy and serve God in a way that reaps boundless reward in the future and brings more people into the family of God.
Think of life as a gift—and don’t let it be wasted!
Are the things of this life taking your focus away from the things of God? Approach Him in prayer and ask him to help you develop a perspective in line with how He sees life—so that you can indeed have it more abundantly!