Chasing Immortality: Why Do You Want to Live Longer?


People are living longer than ever before. The chances that you have of living a life over 100 years is improving.

Look at all of the products that are on the market today:

  • anti-aging products
  • botox, plastic surgery, hair transplants
  • wraps, tummy tucks, gastric bypass surgeries
  • vitamins, supplements, packs, and hormones

It doesn’t matter what the product is, people are trying to come up with ways to either prolong life, cheat death, or live forever. Is it wrong to want to live past 100, 110, or even 120 years?

That is not the right question.

The question is, why? Why do you want to live longer? What are the motives of your heart in saying that you want to live a long life? Are you afraid of death?

Here is what I know to be true:

  1. God has numbered our days. God has already set the days for when we were born and he knows down to the exact second when we will die.
  2. How you spend your life is entirely up to you. When God made you, you were alive in the physical sense. When Christ redeemed you and made you his own, you were made fully alive.
  3. When the same Holy Spirit that raised Christ from the dead lives in you, you are more alive than you have ever been.
  4. For the Christian, “To live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21).
  5. God is the giver of life.
  6. God does not guarantee what we would consider a normal life. Nor does God attribute a long life to those who live obedient lives to him.

I think that we have over-glorified immortality. Whether it be books, movies, vampires, heroes, werewolves, or the Highlander, we are caught up in these characters who are able to live centuries without dying.

I would like us to remember that God does not make mistakes. While there is nothing in the Bible that is against eating healthy, working out, or trying to be as fit and healthy as possible, we need to realize that aging is not a disease.

Instead of worrying about how long we are going to live or when we are going to die, let’s do something else instead.

Let’s agree today to live a life full of meaning and purpose! Let’s live our life pouring out into the lives of others. May our life be spent learning, living, teaching, and making disciples who will love Christ and make many more disciples.

At the end of the day, I want to go home empty. I want to go to bed knowing that I left it all out on the field and I have nothing else. Rest, sleep and the Word of God will fill me to go out and pour into the life of one who needs it.

Pour your life into your spouse, your kids, and whoever else you can.

Given the choice of staying on this rock we call earth, or being with Jesus, I would much rather be with Jesus.

What about you?


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