Lately I’ve been thinking quite a bit about what it means to live the Christian life. I’m thankful God provides many resources (means of grace) to help us in our walk, such as Bible reading, prayer, the Holy Spirit, and the church, but I think some of my emphasis has been incorrect.
God doesn’t actually want me to “live the Christian life,” but to allow Christ to live His life through me. I came across this very message in a devotional recently so will just copy and include it here because the Blackaby brothers express it much more clearly than I probably would. The heavenly Father’s plan from the beginning of time was to place His eternal Son in every believer. If you are a Christian, all the fullness of God dwells in you. Christ’s life becomes your life. When Christ lives in you, He brings every divine resource with Him. Every time you face a need, you meet it with the presence of the crucified, risen, and triumphant Lord of the universe inhabiting you. When God invites you to become involved in His work, He has already placed His Son in you so that He can carry out His assignment through your life. This has significant implications for your Christian life. Discipleship is more than acquiring head knowledge and memorizing Scripture verses. It is learning to give Jesus Christ total access to your life so He will live His life through you. Your greatest difficulty will be believing that your relationship with Christ is at the heart of your Christian life. When others watch you face a crisis, do they see the risen Lord responding? Does your family see the difference Christ makes when you face a need? What difference does the presence of Jesus Christ make in your life? God wants to reveal Himself to those around you by working mightily through you. He wants your family to see Christ in you each day. God wants to express His live through your life. There is a great difference between “living the Christian life” and allowing Christ to live His life through you. Experiencing God Day by Day by Henry and Richard Blackaby Why not read and meditate on these verses (Galatians 2: 20, Ephesians 3: 14-21, Colossians 1: 9-27, I John 3: 23-24, and Revelation 3:20) and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal what it means for Christ to live His life through you? Every blessing in Christ, with much love to you all, Janice