Not long ago at the dentist’s office, they took a set of x-rays of my teeth. That momentary exposure to radiation was good for me because it gave the dentist a picture of the true condition of my teeth. Before they snapped the pictures, however, they placed a heavy lead vest over my chest. Why did they do that? Because too much exposure to x-rays can make cells in your body go rogue, which isn’t a good thing at all.
As I read through the book of John in the Bible—even in five-minute increments—I am exposing myself to Life. John put it like this: Before anything else existed, there was Christ, with God. He has always been alive and is himself God (John 1:1, TLB).
John says that Jesus Christ has always been alive and always will be alive. That’s pretty amazing, because most of the aliveness in my experience gets nibbled away by deadness—and eventually goes terminal. So along with John, I’d like to expose myself to the radiant life of Christ, the life force that never fades, diminishes, or dies. I’m talking about the life that gets inside me and transforms me from the inside out.
With this particular radiation, however, there is no such thing as too much exposure. John says that the closer we get to Christ and the longer we stay close, the more alive we become.
Life Question: Can you think of one way that aliveness gets nibbled away by deadness with you?