Zoe Life, what is it?
The thief’s PURPOSE is to steal and kill and destroy. My (Jesus) PURPOSE is to give them (us) a rich and satisfying life. (ZOE)John10:10
In this part of my journey, I am blessed to live close to the beach. I go there daily not only for the sand between my toes and the ocean and surfing, but it’s deeper and way more personal, I go for my mental health. Around the time we first moved here we went to a church and the pastor preached a sermon about Zoe life that has stuck with me. I think about his words at least once a week.
He compared Zoe life to the difference between the music of MegaDeath and Jack Johnson. He walked back and forth on the platform going from MegaDeath, rushed, hurried, tired, exhausted, spinning out of control and then over to Jack Johnson, chill, easy, surfer-vibe, all is good with the world. Back and forth he compared life as most of us were living and life as God intends for us. I was profoundly impacted. This was about four months into this crazy journey I’m on. I wanted that Jack Johnson/Zoe life and I knew, right there, it wasn’t just a want, I was sitting in that chair on purpose, it was a necessity, I needed to find Zoe.
Fun fact: I had no idea who Jack Johnson was, had never even heard his name before that morning. I looked him up on Spotify as soon as we got in the car and we went on a Jack Johnson journey, binge listening to everything he has on Spotify. He quickly became a household word that was simultaneous for chill, relax, Zoe.
Zoe is an abundant peaceful place that begins first in your spirit and then flows into your heart and from there into every area of your life, as you open yourself to the Spirit of God. Zoe is change because change is life. If you are not growing and changing, are you alive? You’re certainly not living Zoe if life as you know it is not better than life as you knew it and on and on, growing from grace to grace, being transformed into the glorious image of our Creator.
Jesus’s first miracle was turning water pots filled to the brim with water into wine. He took the ceremonial cleansing water used for purification and transformed them into wine. I can’t help but think about the last Supper when Jesus told his disciples, as he lifted the glass of wine, “Drink this in remembrance of me.” The wine representing his blood to be shed, that would eventually cleanse us, purify us, from our sins. The cleansing blood of Jesus was represented in His very first recorded miracle. They said to the master of the feast, “You’ve saved the best for last.” This is Zoe. Above and beyond, unexpected abundance, filled to the brim, overflowing with wonder.
Unmeasured grace and joy, not in-tune or in-line with the world’s ways. God is pouring abundance into us, we must get under it to receive it. Slow down, listen, chill, and find Zoe. Even in, especially in, trying circumstances, we can live Zoe.
Everything about Zoe is everything I want.
I have a little notebook I slip into my Bible and take to church with me on Sundays. I dictate, as God’s Spirit stirs my heart, Sunday after Sunday. This little book is filled with personal love notes from Jesus to me. Isn’t that amazing? The last thing I wrote in my pocket journal, ironically, given to me by the church where I learned who Jack Johnson is, nothing is a coincidence, the last words in this little filled up book of love say “God’s Kingdom has everything we want.”
Zoe is written on our hearts.
God is still speaking today. He is alive in our hearts, actually it says in the Bible that His laws, His words, His spirit is written on our hearts. I love that God writes on my heart. As a writer I feel that deeply.
God’s Kingdom has everything we want, Zoe.
A rich and satisfying life. Abundant life. That is Jesus’s purpose for each of us.