Almost everyone in this world lives feeling bogged down by one thing or another. The weight of their world holding them down. Even as Christians we get to a point where we just feel so much pressure to be this type or person or that type of person. Yet we are told daily that this isn’t how God wants us to live.
I believe that God started us out as spiritual beings in a physical form. We were meant to live freely and happily. Finding joy in every new discovery and the little things that His world brings to us. Yet He also gave us free will which as everyone knows brought Adam and Eve to eat that forbidden fruit, thus turning our spiritual being into complete physical beings and the threat of death.
He then sent His Son to die on the cross for us. He took every pain, every sorrow and every sin upon himself for us. To give us a chance to have again what God wanted all along. A resurrected body and life. So that according to 1 Corinthians 15:43, we can be buried in brokenness and rise in glory, buried in weakness and rise in strength.
‘Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength. ‘ 1 Corinthians 15:43
When I read this verse it made me think of the one man that I saw living this way day in and day out. With a joy nobody in my life had ever lived. He lived in a broken weak body but his spirit was stronger than any I ever had or ever will encounter. He was my great Uncle Eli.
You see he was born “handicap”. From what I am told my great grandmother was told he should be put into a home and that he wouldn’t live very long. She refused, though, and raised him to be a man on fire for God. Obviously he lived a very long time or I wouldn’t have had the pleasure of knowing him. I am so thankful that I could.
Despite being handicap and not being able to do much on his own that many of us take for granted he didn’t let this get him down. He couldn’t read but he was in Gods word daily. He couldn’t talk well but he was praising God every chance he got. He couldn’t do much but he reminded us that it was only temporarily and that soon God would heal him and he would be working on cars and dancing with the ladies. He was and always will be one of the greatest man I know in my life.
So why can’t we live like Uncle Eli? Why do we allow this world to get us down? Because we don’t know any better. We need to stop living like this and learn to live as Uncle Eli did. No matter what the circumstances live for God. Live to praise Him. Live knowing that one day He will give us our resurrected bodies and we will be able to sing and dance like never before. Live like verse 58 tells us to.
‘So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.’ 1 Corinthians 15:58
Lord, you know our hearts and minds. Renew them, Lord, so that we may live as verse 58 people. Help us to take a lesson from Uncle Elis life and live for you alone. In your name we pray. Amen