Life That is Truly Life
1 Timothy 6:19
There’s this older man I see from time to time in our neighborhood who walks his precious grandbaby in a jogging stroller. It always takes me by surprise. Grandpas are not the ones you generally catch sight of trudging along behind strollers in neighborhoods. He smiles as I pass him, on my morning jog, as if he knows a secret. I think perhaps he does. Delighting in the gift of his grandbaby, while the rest of the world hustles and bustles around him. Perhaps that is the gift of getting older, the clarity of what matters most finally clears through the fog and allows us to enjoy the truest gifts life has to offer. No more ladders to climb, dreams to chase, portfolios to build. Just pure life to enjoy.
That they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
1 Timothy 6:19 has always been one of my favorite verses. This beautiful Greek word used here, for “take hold of” (epilambanoma) is the same word used to describe Jesus as he scooped Peter up, out of the rushing waves, and said, “Oh, you of little faith. Why did you doubt?” It means “to lay hold of or to seize upon anything with the hands, to rescue one from peril, to help.”
Is it possible that in slowing down, in shifting our attention, and putting our hands to that which matters most, we actually find the rescue we so desperately desire? By taking hold of that which God deems essential, refusing to let the distractions of the world pull our gaze away, we are taking hold of life that is truly life? Taking hold of the extended hand of Jesus to pull us up and out of the waves threatening to consume us, rescuing us from a life of regret, of running hard after the wrong thing, of gaining the world and losing our soul?
Life that is truly life.
We all long for more of life. Not more activity. Not more events to rush to, or responsibilities to tackle. What our souls long for is more of this true idea of life. The greek word for life, “zoa” meaning “life that is real and genuine, a life active and vigorous, devoted to God, blessed, in the portion in this world of those who put their trust in Christ.” When we fix our gaze on Christ (who is our life) we open ourselves up to experience this kind of life that is truly life.
So, friend, may you and I be counted among those who take hold of Jesus, the only source of life that is truly life. And may He lead us as we take hold of his hand, into more life than our souls can possibly imagine. May we, like Jesus, set our eyes like a flint, towards that which truly matters, and fiercely push away from the dock of that which does not. Let the world around us clamor and compete to be the best, to have the best, to look the best. While you and I pursue a life of surrender, a life of substance. A life that is truly life.