Why seek ye the living among the dead?
In this passage of scripture, the women went to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus. However upon arrival they discovered that his body was not there . The angels wanted to know why they came to seek the living among the dead.
What is dead? Dead is defined as 1) deprived of life, no longer alive 2) having the appearance of death, 3) lacking the power to move or feel. As I read and meditated on this passage I began to think about my life and how many things I am connected to that have no life – dead. At one point it could have been rewarding , edifying but now it’s lifeless.
Why are seeking the living among the dead? Are we seeking to hear from God in a place that’s lifeless-dead? Are we connected to people and in relationships that are not producing life but are draining and dead? Are we so religious that we continue to relate to God in ways that are no longer fruitful- dead? Is our prayer life on fire or are we habitually just repeating words and have no relationship-dead? In this year let us seek to disconnect from everything and everyone that is not producing life -that is dead. Let us cultivate our relationship first and foremost with our Father and then be sensitive and discerning to see who and what we should be joining ourselves to. Let us not waste time on things that are not conducive to life, the abundant life!
Let us pray.
Father in the name of Jesus we thank you. We thank you for life, thank you for mercies that are renewed daily. We thank you for your ultimate sacrifice …. Father I pray in this new coming year that you connect us to people and things that will further propel us into purpose. Help us to be disciplined and diligent as we seek after you and your will. Remove all those people and things that are no longer producing life and continue to cover us under the blood of Jesus Christ. We love you. Amen !