The Life You Were Created To Live
Genesis 5 is one of those chapters in the Bible you will be forgiven for skipping to read because of its contents. For the most part it’s filled with names of ancient people, the number of years they lived and the names of their descendants. The vocabulary of the whole chapter is basically the same except in verses 21-24 where the writer decides to use a different choice of words. Interestingly, he goes back to the initial wording after verse 24.
In Genesis 5:21-24 we are introduced to Enoch who, compared to the rest in the Genesis 5 genealogy, lived the shortest life; only 365 years, while his son, Methuselah, broke the world record and lived 969 years! But that’s not the most intriguing thing about Enoch. We are told two more things about him that we’re not told about the others in this chapter: the others “lived” but “Enoch walked with God.” They died, but “he was no more, because God took him away.” (Genesis 5:24, NIV). Hebrews 11:5 explains that “he was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death.” (NIV).
Though his earthly life was the shortest compared to others in his line, it was a full life. He lived a full life. There’s a difference between a long life and a full life. A full (abundant) life is found only in an intimate love relationship with God. This is the life we were created to live. It’s the reason Jesus came (John 10:10); it’s the reason He lived, died and resurrected, and it’s the reason you’re alive today.
So, don’t ask or long for a long life — that’s not even a guarantee! Instead, desire to live a full life. But don’t just desire it; pursue it with all you’ve got because God has offered it to you. When you live a full life you won’t have to worry about the length of your life. How do you experience this kind of life? Join me tomorrow for practical suggestions on how to live the life you were made to live.