Do you ever feel really, really lucky to be alive?
Could be at that perfect concert, right before the band comes out. The anticipation is thick, and you get just a brief second to feel grateful that you're there.
Could be the moment you realize just how much a friend means to you. Maybe you haven't seen them in a long time, but you notice them do that one thing that only they do, and a flood of memories rushes back. You get this happy, tickling feeling just remembering that you know them so well.
Have you ever been around a dog when a gust of wind blows by? He'll stick his nose into the air, taking in all the fresh smells. You can see it when he's hanging out the window of a moving car, too. It's almost like he's trying to get the most out of that moment of life--not missing even a single scent.
We love these moments because they give us a tangible connection to something bigger than ourselves. Whether we find it through a good pint, a good view, or a good conversation, we love this feeling of "living life to the full." We're getting such a sweet taste of a better life.
I love Paul's prayer for the Ephesians, because he makes a request for this very fullness of life. He doesn't want to manufacture this feeling through substance abuse or thrill-seeking, nor will he wait around for the next random moment to come his way. He knows the Lord is the only source of true life, and responds accordingly.
"...that you may be filled with all the fullness of God." [Eph. 3:19]
But how? There's so much pain and hurt in the world, and if we're really honest with ourselves, we all contribute to the brokenness around us. How possibly can we be filled with this fullness?
"I tell you the truth, whoever hears my words and believes him who sent me HAS eternal life and will not be condemned; he HAS CROSSED over from death to life." [Jn. 5:24]
Believing that Jesus is the son of God redeems your soul, and God lives within you in all His fullness. You have eternal life at that moment. Our time on earth will still feel the curse of sin, but that too will one day be redeemed.
I'm broken, you're broken--hope in Jesus Christ is a hope in He who ordains all of those moments we love about life. Not only that, but even more than we can ask or imagine. [Eph. 3:20]
So the next time you catch yourself saying "it's like heaven on earth!" you might be closer to the truth than you think.