In Traditional African Societies, a lineage continued through the naming system. It was believed that the life of an individual would be continued through their children. If they did not have any children, sadly, it meant that they would be forgotten. As such, many sought to have many children. It was a sure sign of life existing even after death, through your generations.
In the Bible, we see such scenarios as well. However, one scenario stands out throughout the Scripture. Life in Christ Jesus. See, “For God so loved the world, that He GAVE His own son, that whoever believes in Him shall not die, But have Everlasting Life.” (John 3:16). It is such a common verse. I guess everyone knows it but the truths in it are more than a million words of encouragement. Jesus gave up His life for us to live. We did not ask for it, neither did we deserve but still he chose us. He chose our living over His. He has provided a way for us to live eternally.
During such a time of crisis, it would be necessary to reflect on this selfless giving. Paul wrote to the young Timothy that he should reflect on the teachings of the Lord for they would give him insight into what he should do. Let us take time to reflect on the love God gave us through his son Jesus Christ. We can only accept the gift because it costs only a leap of faith.
John writes that, Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life (1 John 5:12). Like the traditional African societies, a child meant continued generation. The thing is, life in Christ Jesus does not stop. It is ever-flowing like a river. Springs of life. Do you have the Son? Allow not this season to pass without starting a relationship with Jesus Christ.
We can never face life without Him. We are so limited in our strength. However, in Christ Jesus we have peace with God, we are made right. Through Jesus Christ, we are continually receiving grace for every day. When we have Jesus, we have the boldness to approach God without condemnation (Romans 5:1-11). However, it is only in the boundaries of a relationship that we can encounter God and experience such benefits.
Are you trying to make it on your own? Are you tired of relying on your strength? Have you considered having a personal relationship with Christ? It is time. Make the decision now. Amidst the crisis, you can have the cross cover you. Life in Jesus is eternal!