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Signs of Life

June 21, 2019

“I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish.” John 10:28 (NIV)

The life that comes in the new birth grows. The signs of life may be faint at first, but by God’s grace they gain strength and grow.

Think of a young man in his 20s. When he was younger, he took short little puffs of breath. Now his lungs have the capacity to take in huge gulps of air. He used to be satisfied with a few ounces of milk. Now he can polish off a steak—and he wants more!

As you grow in the Christian life, the signs of life will increase. They will deepen and strengthen. Your love for Christ will deepen. Your victory over sin will increase. You will make progress in pursuing righteousness. Living things grow. So will you when God gives you spiritual life.

Sometimes the signs of life can be very fragile. If someone you know is in an accident, they’re placed in intensive care, and their vital signs grow dim. The same thing can happen to a person in the middle of their Christian life.

Take hold of this promise: God sustains his children. Jesus said, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand” (10:27-28).

The good shepherd never abandons his sheep. He never loses his sheep. He died to save them, and he lives to keep them—“I give them eternal life and they shall never perish.”

How would you describe your spiritual vital signs today?


The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.



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