As I was studying the verse in Phil. 1:21 I am reminded that my life is no longer my own. . . To live IS Christ, to die is gain.
It challenged me.
It caused me to think and consider what this means and how to accomplish this truth in my life. It is evident it is not something that just happens because quite honestly- within me there is NOTHING Christlike on it’s own. Just like most of us I want to be “right” and have my way far too often and without any value except, for me.
And yet I realize that as I surrender and die to my desires, Christ, His very nature rises within me to lead and guide the way. As this happens it truly becomes Christ living through me.
I become His vessel.
The eyes through which He sees, the hands He uses to hold and comfort, the feet He guides to the place and person He desires to reach. I am His mouth that encourages, comforts, and teaches.
The only thing better that that will be the day this shell of a body falls to the ground and I stand forever in His presence.
It sounds so easy yes?
However, this flesh can be a noisy and stubborn opponent desiring its own way and rationalizing its own opinions.
For Christ to actually live in me I must decrease. My desires, my opinions, mySELF must die so that His nature has full reign. Until that time I will have occasional success in various battles yet there lies the risk that my lack of complete surrender to Him may taint the work Jesus is attempting to achieve through me.
Daily it is a decision.
Daily both big and small occasions rise up demanding attention, inviting offense, welcoming bitterness and I must choose the path less travelled.
I must choose to ignore the lusts, cravings, and demands of the flesh with all its desires, I must rest in peace and joy as I continue to choose forgiveness regardless of the offense.
It is the path less travelled
it is God’s way, and I say….. YES Lord!
Jesus my heart desires to imitate the example you set while you walked this earth. Complete obedience to the Father. You emptied yourself as you allowed Him to guide your every step. I thank you for your example and your promise to help found in your word in 1 Thess. 5: 23,24 “May the God of peace Himself sanctify me entirely; and may my spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He who called me, and He also will bring it to pass.”