Over the last week I’ve been throwing around the phrase “fully alive” in a lot of my blog posts as a part of the series “Today is the Day: Single and Fully Alive”. I realized last night that although I explained my heart behind the series in the first post (read it here), I haven’t defined exactly what I mean when use the phrase “fully alive”.
To me, living fully alive is going all in, with gusto.
Holding nothing back.
Being completely present in whatever circumstance.
Embracing the messiness of life, and finding Immanuel (God with us) there.
Living the beautiful tension between what is, and what will be
Knowing who you are in Christ
Being fully alive means understanding you:
Still have value
Are not forgotten, shelved or left behind
Not less than, or marginalized
You are Whole
you are never alone.
Fully: Completely and entirely to the furthest extent. No less or fewer than
Alive: Having life. Not dead or inanimate. Still in existence, force, or operation. Still active in operation with a chance of victory. Knowing or realizing the existence of. Marked by energy, alertness, or briskness. Marked by much life, animation or activity.
I was wondering tonight if Jesus lived “fully alive” and I believe He did. The gospels are chalked full of examples of Jesus living with intentionality, purpose, energy and mission. The reason He was able to live this way is because He was connected to the Father. Jesus often withdrew to be alone with the Father, and His understanding that He had a purpose allowed Him to do and walk through unbelievable things, and yes, even be alone.
“When Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. . . Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper…” John 13:1-4
Jesus then rose from the table and washed the disciples feet. He was able to do the dirtiest, lowliest, job of all because He knew who He was. Jesus was secure in His identity and that let Him do and face things we will never face. John says that Jesus knew He came from God and was going back to God. Because of this knowledge Jesus lived fully alive with intentionality and purpose. John makes this observation about Him, right before Jesus washed the disciples feet and later that night goes to the cross.
Friend, on that cross Jesus became sin. (2 Cor 5:21) I think we forget what this means. Because Jesus became sin the Father in His holiness and purity could not look at Jesus in that moment. He turned his face away.
That is ultimate loneliness and pain. Jesus knew the Father would have to reject the sin on Him. But He chose to be rejected by the Father so that we would NEVER have to be. That is the magnitude of His love for me. For you.
Because of Christ’s sacrifice, the Father will never turn His face away from us. We are loved, chosen, and never alone. That knowledge gives us the ability to live fully alive today.
How Deep the Father’s Love for Us (Listen Here). Please. Take a moment, listen to this song, and remember how deep His love is for YOU today.
“Fully Alive – Explained” is a part of the “Today’s The Day: Being Single and Fully Alive” a 31 Days Series. To read the pervious post please click here.