Shepherd Daily Devotional – A Lifeless Life

Written By Ben Dankaka

Meditation – Isaiah 43:8

One of the mysteries of life is that one can have physical eyes and yet lack the ability to see. Again, a person can have ears but be unable to hear. You can also have a mouth and be unable to speak. Also, one can have legs and not be able to walk. A person can have hands but then again, be unable use it effectively. Just as a person can have any of the parts of the human body but still fail to put it to good use, one can also have life and be dead at the same time. This means, you can have life and yet be lifeless. Therefore, having eyes, ears, mouth, legs, hands or any other part of the human body doesn’t make you functional. You become functional by the things you do with your body parts. Similarly, what makes you alive is determined by what you do with your life.

One day, Jesus asked a young man to become His disciple. But the man said, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” Jesus then replied, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.” Clearly, Jesus wasn’t only referring to physical death. Although the young man’s father was physically dead, those who would bury him weren’t. But Jesus spoke as if they were also dead. So by that statement, Jesus wanted us to know that one could be alive and still be dead at the same time. In other words, a person may not be physically dead but could be spiritually dead. As Christians, it is important for us recognize the need to stay alive spiritually. You can be physically strong but if you are not strong spiritually, then you are as dead as the people Jesus was referring to.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, give me the ability to build my spiritual life. Amen.


Unless otherwise stated all scripture quotations are from the Holy Bible, New International Version.