First, God gave the Ten Commandments, followed by the Law. Some people, at least in their own estimation, kept them. They didn’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.” (Matthew 5:20)
It was not a challenge to try harder to succeed, but a challenge to give up trying. He 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 (carnal living). It doesn’t matter if your flesh is educated, rich, respected, admired, or refined. It is still flesh. The world has so many classes by which it appraises man. But among Christians we have only one class struggle…to abide or not, to be spiritual or carnal, that is our struggle. To make sub classes out of the carnal or the spiritual is ignorance rooted in ego, and pride. Remember EGO is Edging God Out.
It may surprise some to discover that success has nothing to do with what you have and everything to do with who you have.
When we are abiding in Christ, there is no one better than us. At that moment we are an earthly vessel with a perfect life, His life, flowing in and through us. It doesn’t get any better than that. “God made Him who had no sin, to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” (II Cor 5:21). So, remember, there are two ways in which you can go about your Christian life. The first is to depend entirely on your self-efforts, and the other to depend completely on the life of Christ within. Remember, the source of life for the branch comes exclusively from the vine!
God has promised never to leave us or forsake us, and it is His presence, not our works, awards, trophies, titles, or accomplishments that make us successful. “He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” (I John 5:12) It is all about Him…
LIFE LESSON: STAY CONNECTED. “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” All that is needed for success will come as we abide in Jesus, remain in Jesus, and trust in Jesus. “Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” Well, Amen!
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