The Meaning of Zoweh

Zóé (pronounced Zo-weh like Yaweh) is the Greek word for life. When Jesus was teaching he spoke of a Life with God that was what we were created for and what He came to restore. When sharing with the crowds he said,

A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.

John 10:10 (MSG)

Zoweh is a quality of life, a certain type of life—a life connected to God and runs with God—a life that is sustained protected and provided for by God. We all are looking for life. We are all made for life. There is a certain kind of life you get when you try to arrange for it yourself and need to keep it up on your own efforts, performance and accomplishments. Jesus addresses this type of life too, with an invitation…

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion (performance)? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)

Sounds really good to us!

Read more from C.S. Lewis on The Zoweh and the Bios Life