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Above

Stay focused on what’s above, not on earthly things, because your old life is dead and gone. Your new life is now hidden, enmeshed with the Anointed who is in God.

Colossians 3:2-3

The word that Paul uses for hidden means, “to conceal (that it may not become known).” So, now that our new life is concealed in God we are to keep focused on things that are above.

When he’s talking about “above things” he doesn’t necessarily mean things involving Heaven like angels and harps. He means things that are above, where we are. We are seated with Christ in Heavenly places, far above all things. So, keep your perspective. You must start thinking from Heaven to Earth.

The phrase that Paul uses to communicate the idea of focus means “to have understanding.”  He wants us to gain an understanding of our new life in Christ.  The old you is dead and gone. Planted together with Christ in the garden of His death.

Stay hidden.
Stay focused.

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Rest

“If we’re not careful, we can give people the impression that Christianity is first and foremost about the sacrifice we make for Jesus rather than the sacrifice Jesus made for us; our performance for him rather than his performance for us; our obedience for him rather than his obedience for us. The hub of Christianity is not ‘do something for Jesus’ the hub of Christianity is ‘Jesus has done everything for you.’ And my fear is that too many people, both inside and outside the church, have heard our pleas for intensified devotion and concluded that the focus of Christian faith is our love for God instead of God’s love for us. Don’t get me wrong — what we do is important. But it is infinitely less important that what Jesus has done for us”

– Tullian Tchividjian, One Way Love

So, how many of us started on the treadmill of “doing something for God” right after salvation? I’ll raise my hand. Both of them in fact.

I got caught up in the nobility of doing something for God and the obligation of doing something for Him since He did so much for me.

Now, is that wrong? Initially, I would say no. But if your entire relationship with God is doing things for Him, I would suggest checking your motives. Because if you don’t you’ll get a bad case of “burnout.” Start by asking and answering these questions.

Are you serving Him out of a place of resting in His love?

Are you serving Him out of fear of being rejected?

Are you serving Him from a place of clinging to an identity of a servant?

How did you do? Only after these questions are answered, even if you don’t like the answer, you can begin to move forward. Let’s start to answer these questions from God’s perspective.

Are you serving Him out of a place of resting in His love?

Jesus understood in His day that people are workers based on merit and it continues until today. His answer? Rest. His method? His yoke. Wait, a yoke. Yokes are for work, right? Matthew shares with us this gem.

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Matt. 11:28-30 MSG

Ok, but that’s still a yoke. A comfortable yoke, but still. So what makes this one lighter? Christ. He makes all the difference.  Re-read the verse above. Rest in Christ’s words.

Are you serving Him out of fear of being rejected?

Do you look at service to God and for Him in a way to cause you fear of being cast out if you stopped?  I get it. I’ve been there. But read what Jesus said in John.

“Every person the Father gives me eventually comes running to me. And once that person is with me, I hold on and don’t let go.”

John 6:37 MSG

See! He is the one holding onto you! Let go. He has you. He will not reject you for He cannot reject Himself.

Are you serving Him from a place of clinging to an identity of a servant?

Servant mindset

Not worthy.

Not good enough.

I’ve been there, too. Then one day, while reading through the gospels again, BOOM, there is was. Jesus, full of grace and truth, said a statement that set me free.

“No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.”

Jon 15:15 MSG

He included us in what He’s doing! We’re in! Don’t believe me? Read this.

He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us! Then he picked us up and set us down in highest heaven in company with Jesus, our Messiah.

Ephesians 2:6 MSG

It’s ok. Most all of us have been there. And the good news is that Jesus knew we would be there so He went ahead and told all this beforehand. So that once we got tired and fell of the treadmill of merit we would fall right into His arms. Nothing you do for God will be good enough or bigger than what He did for you through Jesus. That’s good news!

So, go ahead and push “STOP” on your treadmill.

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Growth

The life of the believer is a journey to be more Christ-like, but also a journey be more “you-like”. Growth comes from being connected to Christ.

Growing into Christ means growing into you. Yes, Christ is the example but God did not create you to fit into the mold of Jesus. He created you to be a true expression of Himself in your skin. You are great “God-thought”.

“In every situation I am strong in the one who empowers me from within to be who I am!”

Philippians 4:13 Mirror

Not only does he love you, he empowers you to be who you are! It’s His life within you that allows you to be the true you.

“This is how we fit into God’s picture: Christ is the measure of our portion, we are in him, invented and defined in him. God’s blueprint intention is on exhibition in us. Everything he accomplishes is inspired by the energy and intent of his affection.”

Ephesians 1:11 Mirror

Never forget that He knows you. Intimately. Like a watchmaker knows the cogs and springs in a timepiece. He is aware of where you are on your journey. He’s not scared of the mistakes you’ve made already and will make in the future. He’s not far away from you watching objectively. He’s near. He’s close.

You see all things;
You saw me growing, changing in my mother’s womb;
Every detail of my life was already written in Your book;
You established the length of my life before I ever tasted the sweetness of it.
Your thoughts and plans are treasures to me, O God! I cherish each and every one of them!
How grand in scope! How many in number!
If I could count each one of them, they would be more than all the grains of sand on earth. Their number is inconceivable!
Even when I wake up, I am still near to You.

Psalm 139:16-18 VOICE

Bound

God loves you so utterly and completely that he has given himself for you in Jesus Christ his beloved Son, and has thereby pledged his very being as God for your salvation. In Jesus Christ God has actualised his unconditional love for you in your human nature in such a once for all way, that he cannot go back upon it without undoing the Incarnation and the Cross and thereby denying himself. Jesus Christ died for you precisely because you are sinful and utterly unworthy of him, and has thereby already made you his own before and apart from your ever believing in him. He has bound you to himself by his love in a way that he will never let you go, for even if you refuse him and damn yourself in hell his love will never cease. Therefore, repent and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour.

T. F. Torrance – The Mediation of Christ

“Bound me to Himself”. Whoa.

Selah.

What a freeing truth! If he’s bound me to Him, what can I do to sever that connection?

38  This is my conviction, no threat whether it be in death or life; be it angelic beings, demon powers or political principalities, nothing known to us at this time, or even in the unknown future;

39  no dimension of any calculation in time or space, nor any device yet to be invented, has what it takes to separate us from the love of God demonstrated in Christ. Jesus is our ultimate authority.

Romans 8:38-39 MIRROR

So, my trust in His ability to bind us together is what connects me to His love. Understand this though, my untrust in His ability to bind us together does not negate His love. It simply blinds me to Him and His love. Trust or faith is simply my agreement with what is actually true.

Mystery

In Him we live, in Him we move
In Him all things are new
The mystery of life in Christ
Is Christ can live in you
I hear the silence, it’s clamoring
There is only Christ, He is everything

In the language of the soul
It’s burning like a coal
There’s a voice that is saying
“You can be whole”
A life where all is new
Of timeless moments waits for you
With the heart alone you see
You must live this mystery

Michael CardLive This Mystery

Included

Mankind’s inclusion in the finished work of Christ doesn’t mean that everybody has received it or is experiencing the benefits of it now or will necessarily experience the benefits of it when they die. The gospel message, however, is that we all are included in Him and what He has done on our behalf. Accept it and be blessed. Reject it to your own peril. The work of God in Jesus through the Spirit is what it is. This gospel we proclaim isn’t a message of what can be but is the good news of what already is in Jesus Christ. We don’t bring a sales pitch to the unbelieving world. We are ambassadors for Christ, and we tell everybody, “God was in Christ reconciling you to Himself. He does not count your sins against you. You are forgiven, and He has received you. Now, receive Him.” These are the two sides to one coin. One side has been settled in eternity, and the other side settles it experientially. One side shows what has happened, and the other side shows what does happen as a person believes on Him. Some Universalists will tell you that faith is a work, but that is nonsense. Faith is the joyful acceptance of what is already true. Faith isn’t something we do but is the spontaneous explosion of an enthusiastic embracing of Jesus and what He has given us in Himself. Do I believe in the ultimate reconciliation of humanity to God? Oh, no. It’s better than that. I believe in the historical reconciliation of humanity to our loving Creator, who is also our Father. Without asking for so much as a nod of approval from us, before we were even born or could have an opinion on the matter, while we were yet helpless, sinners, enemies of God—He went and did it all.

– by Steve McVey from Beyond An Angry God

Hard Work

The Christian life is full of hard work.
Yes, it’s full of hard work. The hard work is not what you think it is. The hard work is to relax and receive of Christ’s finished work. It is counter-intuitive to our “do something” culture.

Your Cross

A saying like “take up your cross” can be a word of wrath to the Old Adam: “You must die!” The same saying, however, spoken by the crucified one who took up my cross, can be a word of life: “You are dead”—that is, crucified with Christ. Luther’s Freedom of the Christian is to the point: “The promises of God give what the commandments of God demand and fulfill what the law prescribes…He alone commands, he alone fulfills.

Vital Union

We have become one with Him by sharing his death. the greek word that the apostle paul uses here is ·sumphutos·. Its definition is mind blowing! It means that we are connate with Christ or born together and so sharing the same nature. Which is to say that we have been fused together with him. It speaks of a living, vital union of two individuals growing up together. The word is used of the siamese twins whose bodies were connected at one point, and whose blood flowed through two physical bodies as it does normally through one. Here the word speaks of that vital union of the believer and the Lord Jesus where God places him into Christ at the cross. This is a past and complete act, yet its results are ever abiding with us.

Benjamin Dunn

5 For if we have become one with Him [permanently united] in the likeness of His death, we will also certainly be [one with Him and share fully] in the likeness of His resurrection. Romans 6:5, AMP

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