Live Long and Prosper

Allen Michael Rea | Pastor
Dunn Memorial Baptist Church, Baxley, GA

Recently, the world said “goodbye” to a liberal son of Jewish immigrants: Leonard Nimoy. Mr. Nimoy was made famous for his portrayal of Mr. Spock on the 1960s science fiction series Star Trek. Many thoughts of nostalgia flood the mind of those that have seen this series. We might think about the horrible special effects or the melodrama of the actors. I think what we remember most is the phrases. Mr. Spock’s famous line was always “live long and prosper.” He said that across the imaginary galaxy to a plethora of badly costumed people.

However, Jesus said it long before and far better than Spock when He said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10) The apostle John would later write: “He who has the Son has life, and he who does not have the Son does not have life” (1 John 5:12). The ONLY way to “live long and prosper” is in Jesus Christ. You do not know real life until you are born again. The life in Christ is a life of freedom, peace, and mercy. Christ did not die to give us financial prosperity but spiritual prosperity. (Beware of any so-called “preacher” that tells you otherwise.)  Christ gives the most abundant life possible on this earth, and then extends to everlasting life in His presence in heaven. Christ did not simply speak these words; He Himself was the fulfillment of them by His death and resurrection.

Our culture is enamored with professional entertainers. When they die the world seems to stop. Many of these “stars” dedicate their lives to finding something available nowhere else but in Jesus Christ. They vainly attempt to “live long and prosper”; however, be it through drugs or a disease, death comes for them like it does for all (Hebrews 9:27). Mr. Nimoy may have garnered respect, but he never testified to being “born again”. Accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior is the only truly respectable thing a human can ever do. Do not idolize the stars of Hollywood; pity them, pray for them. Jesus Christ holds up no difficult-to-mimic hand gesture, but He did lift Himself on the cross as the ransom for all sinners. A.W. Tozer said it best: “For every man it is either Christ or eternal tragedy!” May you have abundant life through Jesus Christ this day and everyday!