Well, at my age I’ve done and experienced a lot of things. Living life is really about change and adjustment to times, events and places. For the past 12 months I have gone from a healthy active life to being permanently disabled. As I said, I’ve experienced a lot, but even so I find that there is always something new right around the corner. For example, this week I had my first surgery in a hospital and became a Cyborg.
If it weren’t for the pain experienced with the actual surgery, I would think it is a really neat thing. (Third day now and the pain is better). After all, I’ve been a lifelong fan of Science Fiction stories, but never thought I would actually join the Cyborg crowd. Now, if you are wondering, a Cyborg is defined the following way: “A person whose physiological function is aided by or dependent upon a mechanical or electronic device”. Since I now have a small computer implanted in my back and electronic leads in my spine I guess I qualify (smile).
It’s amazing the way that technology can change your life, sometimes for the better, sometimes not. But as much as this new piece of technology is helping me already, it’s not the help I’m looking for. I’m looking for something more permanent. I’m looking for, (longing for as some would say), that time when this physical body will no longer matter.
1 Corinthians 15:51-53 encourages us with these words: “we shall all be changed,
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.”
Thinking about these verses the words, “Changed,” “Incorruptible,” “Immortality”, stand out to me. Those are important words in the life of a Christian aren’t they? You see they told me that my new Cyborg computer battery has an expected life span of 5-10 years and it has to be recharged every few days. None of those words from 1 Corinthians apply to what I now have or am and I want something better, more permanent. Don’t you?
That’s what is so great is something else I have implanted in me; it’s the Holy Spirit and Jesus living in me that confirms the promise to me that I will be “changed, incorruptible and immortal”. There is an old song I love that proclaims, “I’m going to live forever, I’m going to die no never, Jesus died on the cross for me and I’m going to live forever”. How are you doing in that relationship to the one who offers you life eternal? Cybernetic implants are great, but Jesus is better!