Life and Death You were dead in trespasses and sins....[Ephesians 2:1] Though I am a spiritual being, my understanding is mostly of the flesh. To me, life or death is more vivid in the flesh sense than in the spiritual sense. As I look back my life before being found by the Lord, many regrets arise in me. That's the extent of my perception of death. Life and death are as far from each other as the east is far from the west. But life and death are apart only by a few yards or meters in my mind. I cannot understand death without understanding life, for death becomes vivid when it is contrasted to life. The more vivid life becomes, the more vivid death becomes. I am a teacher myself and a confession like "I was truly death in my trespasses and sins" must be real and vivid. But I don't have that confession in me. Years ago, after the Lord gave me an assignment, he said, "If you do this well, you will receive life as prize." If I do anything for the Lord, it is to earn this prize of life. My understanding of life is clearer now than then. But I have yet to live a true life. A true life I can live only when I live according to the commands of my Lord Jesus. Until my heart is engulfed by the zeal to please the Lord, I am not living a true life. Until then, I will not be able to understand death as God said to Adam, "You will certainly die."