Christianity is not about us; it’s all about Christ IN US! How can I be so sure? Well, the Word of God makes it crystal clear in Colossians 3:3,4 which reads “For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” Well, there it is. The Bible clearly states we died, crucified with Christ. (Gal 2:20) Therefore, Christianity cannot be about us; because we are dead; it’s all about Jesus Christ, living His life through our bodies which are instruments of His righteousness. We are literally the body of Christ.
Now believing that you died and your life is now hidden with Christ in God is the pure truth of God’s Word. However, the temptation we have to add to this declaration of truth our successes, abilities, and talents is at times overwhelming to us. Before we know it, it is no longer “Jesus Christ plus nothing”; it becomes Jesus Christ plus us and all of our good works.
For years I mistakenly believed that we should strive toward becoming more righteous by doing the things I believed were expected of us by God. But the fact is there is nothing we can do to become more righteous. It has all been taken care of by our Lord. Our place is simply to receive His gift and then rest in the reality of His indwelling life. Jesus Christ is our life and our righteousness!
But don’t we have to do our part? Of course, we do. Our part is to trust and obey. It is not a passive life style at all. If you think it is, I challenge you to try it. Trusting Christ who is your life continues to be one of the most challenging aspects of our faith. It is easier for us to do something on our own rather than to trust in Christ.
We are like Abraham when he thought going to Haggar made more sense than waiting on God to give him a child.
The Christian life is not a test. It is a rest, meaning spirit-directed activity. Jesus died on the cross for us, to give His life to us, to live His life to us. That is why we are called the body of Christ. Christianity is not a religion; Christianity is receiving a new life, His life in our bodies. In I Corinthians 15:10 Paul says “…I work harder than all of you, yet not I,…” Well then, who is it that is doing Paul’s work? Paul would answer, not I but Christ. That is the mystery of our faith. “Christ in us the hope of glory.” (Col 1:27) No passive life style here, there will be plenty of activity…who do you know that was more active than the Apostle Paul? Truth sets you free.
LIFE LESSON: Please, let’s give up on trying to live the Christian life? You heard me right. Give up and tell Him you can’t do it. He already knew that. Then tell Him, “I’m trusting You. If you don’t do it in me, it won’t get done.” Then Watch What Jesus Does (WWJD). Jesus is the only one who can be Jesus, and He will be glad to be Jesus in you and me when we give up and trust in Him by faith.
THE MYSTERY REVEALED-NOT I BUT CHRIST
Thank you for your continued prayers, encouragement, and support; as we boldly and fearlessly proclaim this mystery of the gospel, You are the best!
Growing in His Grace