We all possess a life that is Christ. But many settle for is a life in the structures we have made from the construct of His person. It is the Father of Lies who anesthetises us to settle for far less than our inheritance in Jesus. By doing this he can degrade our humanity, suffocate our glory and impede the advance of the new creation. The dilution of our inherited glory in Christ occurs through the ruse of religion, the phantoms of institutionalism, the strategy of legalism and the clever ploy of getting us to live in shadows of Christ rather than the Reality who is Christ. None of this stuff matters. What counts is the new creation that is us, no longer in Adam and now in Christ.
‘Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation’ Gal 6.15 NIV.
J Baxter Kruger writes, ‘We can be sidelined to seek safety in a fog of religion or the self-effort of legalism because it avoids a confrontation with His glory and our naked selves. We can accommodate ourselves to varieties of separation in the name of godliness because this provides a semblance of godliness without the need to be confronted by Christ’s wholeness and our shabbiness.
His whiteness exposes our lives as anything but white. His knowledge of the Father’s heart, his unearthly assurance and peace, his joy and abounding freedom reveal that we are living like a church mouse in fear and hiding. Such exposure creates pain in us. To be sure, Jesus’ hope gives us hope, his peace and assurance give us peace and assurance, but they also burn. For his own peace puts its finger on our dis-ease and makes us feel it. His rest proves we are running. [And] His life exposes our self-generated religion as death.’
Yet we need not be taken aback. James writes, ‘Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.’ The NLT has it as ‘produces faith to grow.’ Some trials take the form of the exposure of our lack of self-control and grace. Rather than lamenting our lack we are advised to see this as an opportunity to let Jesus be Himself in this part of our life and so grow more into His likeness. Thus what the Enemy meant for our discouragement turns into an opportunity for us to grow into the glory of Jesus.
You can do better than a weekly routine. There is nothing as pedestrian as routine Christianity. Don’t settle for this. God is alive in you to make you alive as a human and a son/daughter of God. What counts is not our observances. Our value is found in the life, grace and love that flows from our being as spirit and life.
‘The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you--they are full of the Spirit and life’ John 6.63 NIV.
The spirit and life of Jesus is not found in observances, church-going and not necessarily in works of charity. His life and spirit is His person – available to all and for all. Spirit and life is ours because God is in us and we have been placed in God. His presence is closer than any externality, more accessible than the observance of any sacred time or holy place. All of life is sacred in Jesus. You are always alive in the spirit of Jesus and living where you are to release this spirit and life. You don’t have to be a Mother Theresa to be a life-giver. Just be yourself full of the spirit and life of the trinity and the expression of Jesus where you are!
‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!’ 2 Cor 5.17 NIV.