to the one who is in a season of spiritual deadness
I’m not sure if you can relate, but sometimes life just hits you with a giant rock outta nowhere, leaving your face smushed in the dirt and the wind knocked out of you.
Sometimes we go through seasons of confusion, seasons of brokenness, seasons of loss. Sometimes we go through seasons of spiritual deadness. And we have no idea what to do about it.
However, no matter how long we're on the ground, or how bad the darkness gets, one thing is always the same. It ends. And Jesus remains. (Tweet this!)
Whether you’re reading this on Easter or on the other 364 days of the year, whether you’re feeling spiritually alive or spiritually dead, I think we can all relate to the season that the Disciples were in between Jesus’ death and resurrection, the season that Jesus was in, and we can glean some wisdom from the story.
First, let me walk you through the last few days of Jesus’ life.
Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away, there was a very cool dude by the name of Jesus.
And He had an inside tip that Bugs Bunny was about to die!
He had an inside tip that He was about to die.
And He did. In fact, He endured the absolute worst pain imaginable, both physically, mentally, and spiritually. It was no bueno.
This innocent man willingly died on a cross to take the punishment for our sins. He jumped in front of the bullet that was meant for us…and we were the ones to pull the trigger.
(See this page if you don't quite understand what that means. Don't worry, I won't judge!)
And while He was dead, His best friends and family went into a deep, dark depression. They were confused and lost and hurting and so, so broken. They left the narrow path that God told them to follow, and they got caught up in what they saw, not what they were supposed to believe. In fact, they didn't understand what Jesus had told them about His death and resurrection, and therefore didn't believe Him.
Ever been there? Yeah.... Me, too.
They had to watch their friend die, and they couldn’t do anything about it. They had to watch Love be hated, and they had to stand on the sidelines and watch.
They were utterly hopeless.
Not to mention, I think Jesus felt hopeless, too, when He was pinned on that cross. (Matthew 27:46)
Maybe you're right there with them, feeling numb and depressed and just...tired.
Maybe you've been hurt too many times by a boy, insulted by your friends, treated not-very-nicely by your parents, insulted by a coworker.... I don't know.
I don't know your story, but I do know this: It gets better.
Wanna know how I know? Because three days later, Jesus came back to life. He conquered death and sin and every bad thing ever. He made a way for us to overcome the sin and pain that is haunting us in whispers of defeat. He defeated what was meant to defeat us. (Tweet this!)
Wanna know a not-so-secret secret? Once you accept Christ, you are a Christian. Christian means to be a "little Christ," to follow in Jesus' footsteps, to live the life He lived.
What that means is that you will face hardship. You will be hurt. You will be weary. You will die.
But you will also live. Because that giant rock that life threw at you was just rolled away, and Jesus was just awakened from the dead.
Pssssttt...is that where we got the idea of zombies from?
Jesus' Disciples led amazing lives afterward. They built churches and proclaimed the Gospel and lived full, abundant lives. They were content in everything and through everything. (This site tells what happened to the Disciples after Jesus skedaddled to Heaven.)
The point of me telling you this?
As you will endure Christ's hardship and death, you will also endure His resurrection and life.
The hopelessness will die, and hope will live on.
Pain will end, and joy will endure.
The darkness will flee, and the light will shine. (Tweet this!)
You will live in freedom and joy for eternity. You just have to go through a tough season to get to that, like the Disciples did. Heck, even Jesus did.
You can find abundance in the emptiness if you hold onto the hope of the resurrection. (Tweet this!)
Hold onto that. Hold onto the truth that you will have life again. And not just life, but abundant life, for that is what Christ died to give you.
Hold onto the hope of the resurrection.
Jesus rose, and you will rise, too.
Action Steps To Live In Abundance Now (even when life is hard and you feel spiritually dead):
- Look for the good amidst the bad. Look for beauty even when all you see is filth. Look for God in everything, and you will see Him. (Philippians 17:22)
- Get in the Word. It is your lifeline to Jesus. Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life. Want Life? Want to be resurrected from your spiritual deadness? Seek Jesus. Choose Jesus. Dive into the Word, because often times, we feel dead because we're not choosing to follow Christ and be alive in Him. (Joshua 1:8)
- Pray for renewal. Pour out your soul to the Comforter. Scream, yell, cry, but let Him have all of your burdens and your pain. He will understand, and He will not bite your head off. Trust me. Been there, done that. (Psalm 51)
- Surrender your will to His. Trust that He knows better, and that He's got you. Because He does, I promise. (Isaiah 55:9)
- Find fellowship. Friends can do sooooo much. They can show you what you cannot see for yourself. And they can pray for you and love you and encourage you and be such a blessing. Okay? Find a community of Jesus-lovers, and let them love you. (Colossians 3:12-14)
I know life is tough. I know you can't see God right now, but hold on. He's coming. He's risen from the dead, and He's coming back to grab your hand and take you along for the ride. He's going to save you. He's going to love you and give you abundance. Don't give up while He's running to you.
Hey, if you need anything, you know where to find me. I'm here for the ugly, messy truths. I'm here for the tears and the brokenness and the doubt. I'm here for the good and the bad.
How do you get through the tough times? What gives you hope?