September 5, 2016
This is the day the Lord has made,
I will rejoice and be glad in it.
MORE “NEW” THINGS
(To Help You Live the Christian Life)
Scripture: John 15:4; Gal. 2:20
What is the Christian life all about? How does one actually live the Christian life? This is what we have been considering over the last 2 weeks and will continue for several weeks. It should not be a mystery; yet so many people seem to struggle and live in defeat. I’ve presented, “A New Way,” and “A New Relationship.” Today let’s take some more steps.
THINK ABOUT THIS:
We have a “NEW Position.” This, again, has to do with that little word we discussed last week—“in.” Before a person is saved, he is said to be “in Adam,” and born “in sin.” When that same person receives Christ as their personal Savior, he is said to be “in Christ.”
He also has a “NEW Possession.” That’s because Christ now lives within us. Gal. 2:20 tell us,
“I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.”
The exciting thing about all of this is that we now also have a “NEW Provision.” We don’t have to struggle to live this Christian life…instead we draw upon the resource that lives within us. Just as a branch draws all its life from the vine, so we must abide in Him to draw upon His life and the qualities of life which are in Him. So any time we hear ourselves saying, “I’m trying to live a Christian life,’ you are depending on yourself and not drawing upon that “resource” (provision)within us.
The question, then, we need to ask ourselves is, “Am I living my life?” or “Is Christ living His life through me?” When He is living His life through us, there is also now a “NEW Product,”…it’s fruit; not our fruit, but that of the Lord Jesus Christ.” We could say the “flavor” (of this fruit) is that of the “VINE.” (Christ).
Another wrong terminology is when we say, “I want to give Him (Christ) my very best.” This is not the Vine-Branch picture or living. Christ doesn’t want your best; He expects His best through you. When we allow Him to live His life through us (which is abiding in Him) our fruit will be “Christ flavored.
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide
in the vine; no more can you except you abide in Me.”
Next week we will look a little more at how we can appropriate this “NEW WAY” of living.
This isn’t something I’ve come up with. It is the biblical way. Check out the Scriptures. Don’t just take my word for it.