Are you confused and frustrated trying to live the Christian life, trying to keep the law, trying to live by religious rules and regulations, working towards perfection? Many Christians are, and therein lies the problem. Christians trying instead of resting and abiding in Jesus Christ, the only one who can live the Christian life.
So many don’t understand that we need a life, not a list. Jesus intentionally set a standard that we could never achieve. Jesus said, “Unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Scribes and Pharisees, you will certainly not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” (Matt 5:20)
It was not a challenge to try harder, but a challenge to give up. Jesus wanted us to see that a righteousness that would please God is unattainable. He came along and raised the bar so high that all men would give up trying to jump over it. Jesus said, “I am the Vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me, you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)
Well, there it is! Abide in Him, and all that He is and has is yours, just as the branch receives the full life of the Vine. Don’t abide, and you will immediately be in the flesh. It doesn’t matter if your flesh is educated, rich, respected, admired, or refined. It is still flesh. The world has so many ways by which it appraises man. But among Christians we have only one way…to abide or not, to be spiritual or carnal, that is our struggle.
When we are abiding, there is no one better than us. At that moment we are an earthly vessel, an instrument in the hands of God, with a perfect life, His life, flowing in and through us. It doesn’t get any better than that.
I love the following story. A professional violinist, a master musician announced before a concert that he would play one of the world’s most expensive violins. His first composition was played flawlessly, and the audience was thrilled at the performance.
After taking his bows, the musician suddenly smashed the instrument, completely demolishing it. The audience was horrified—that is, until the violinist explained that he had been playing an inexpensive violin.
Then, picking up the expensive instrument, the virtuoso began to draw the bow across the strings. The sound was beautiful, but most of the people couldn’t tell any difference between the music from the expensive violin and the inexpensive one. The quality of the instrument was secondary to the skill of the Master.
It’s something like that in our service for the Lord. If we are abiding instruments yielded to Him, He will produce beautiful music through us.
LIFE LESSON: The Word of God tells us “to abide in Him” and “to offer our bodies to Him as instruments of righteousness.” By so doing, like that violin, we can be instruments in the Master’s Hands and be used to magnify the Lord and bring blessing to others. Thank you so much for your prayers, partnership, and financial support. You have proven again and again that we are “in this together” and for that we are so very grateful.
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Growing in His Grace