Saturday, May 6, 2017

A Life Intimately Connected to God

Trees and Grass Field Under Cloudy Sky during Daytime

Apart from God, we cannot accomplish anything of lasting, eternal value with our life (John 15:5; Philippians 3:1-11). We may be successful in the eyes of the world, but measured with Christ, we are failing.

The Bible declares that at salvation, Christ comes to live in us (Galatians 2:20). Scholars call this theme “Paul’s Obsession”, because he used the phrase “Christ in me” or “In Christ” more than 170 times in his writings.

I see why this is Paul's favorite Biblical concept. It frees us from a mundane, unfulfilled life. If we have Jesus Christ living in us, He daily delivers us from sin’s dominion by His resurrection life within us (Romans 5:10). He also gives us new values, priorities and goals by which to live (2 Corinthians 5:17).

He gives us His peace, which transcends human understanding (Philippians 4: 6-8). If we do not have the Son of God living in us, however, we do not have any of this (1 John 5:12).

Believers are currently saved in our spirit through Justification and we are being saved in our soul – our mind, will and emotions - through the lifelong method of Sanctification.

Christ’s salvation goes beyond the spirit and the soul to the body as well (1 Thessalonians 5:23). We will be saved in our body through Glorification, when we see Jesus face-to-face.

God gives us this opportunity to get to know Christ in body, soul and spirit, and to grow in our understanding of His power, His resurrection, as well as in what He has to offer us in eternity.

Father God, I desire to know Jesus more intimately every day and to see myself grow into His beloved, mature child. My right standing before You is by faith in all that Christ accomplished on my behalf. I do not have to work for or earn this position. We can experience first-hand both Christ’s sufferings and His victories as we walk through our trials with Him within us.

If I really believe this fact, then I will take advantage of the opportunity, which You give me, to get to know Jesus more intimately as my Redeemer, Friend and Brother. Remind us that we do this by spending time reading Your Word; by prayer – talking and listening to You; by attending a Bible teaching church; by fellowshipping with other Christians and by sharing with others what God is doing in my life.

Thought for the Day:
God freely offers everyone this gift of a personal relationship with Him, and He gives us the option to either embrace His friendship or to refuse to acknowledge Him - the choice is ours.

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