I have recently had the joy and privilege of listening to sermons from precious saints of “old” and wow has it been rich. I have been soooo blessed listening to Major Ian Thomas, Watchman Nee and A.W. Tozer, and I’ve been reminded of wonderful truths that have transformed my life.
The consistent message you will hear from each of these saints is this: Jesus IS the Christian life. What really encouraged me is how they will often say something and emphasize that “this IS the normal Christian life.” So, for the last week my heart has been so richly blessed and encouraged as I was reminded of this liberating message of grace.
This is truly my life’s message; to let the world know I serve a risen (and therefore) LIVING Savior! We don’t worship a dead religious leader on the cross. NO!!! He has risen indeed in order to give us HIS life!
We often talk about being saved to go to heaven, etc. But as Major Ian Thomas has often said, “This is NOT salvation! Salvation is perfect Divinity being clothed in a redeemed sinner’s humanity.” Chew on that for a while. We are not saved in order to get out of hell and in to heaven…no! We are saved so that Jesus might “get out of” heaven and IN TO US!
As Jesus lived on this earth so do we live here on earth. In Philippians chapter 2 we are reminded that Jesus chose to set aside His privileges as God to take on the form of a man…He became a man. Our Divine Father clothed Himself in Jesus’ perfect humanity. Think about that. “God was IN CHRIST reconciling the world…” The gospels often refer to God’s work IN and THROUGH Jesus.
So, do you see it? This is EXACTLY what Jesus desires to do with us..wow! Our Father wants to be clothed with our imperfect humanity. If you read the gospels, you will be reminded that Jesus never did or said anything except what His Father told him to say or do. He also said that “if you’ve seen Me you’ve seen the Father.” My dear friend if you’ve been born again, this is EXACTLY how we are to live; in absolute dependence on Jesus “who is our life”. When we do, the world will see Jesus when they see us!
This is truly the cry of my heart; to just let God be God (I heard He’s up for the job J) in my life and let JESUS live the Christian life through me, because He is the only one who did live it and can live it through me! Believe me, I’ve “tried” and all I do is make a mess of things when I live by my efforts. The bible reminds us that apart from Him “I can do NOTHING!”
My dear friend, is that your desire? Is that the cry of your heart? If so, then let us stop trying….trying…trying, and let us die to ourselves and OUR effort and simply start trusting Him to do what only HE CAN do; to live out HIS life!
What an exciting life this Christian life is….this truly is THE NORMAL CHRISTIAN LIFE!!! Blessings!
Check out my entry tomorrow for a wonderful illustration of “righteous” living…real cool stuff!