July 26, 2017
“The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish.” John 1:14 The Message
What a Life to have living within you: generous inside and out, true from start to finish. This is the only life that Jesus lives in anyone who trusts Him with their life. He’s just like His Father .. and you’re being conformed into His image. It’s being worked out in your life through all the everyday scenarios facing you. You thought it would be different because of Christ? It is. Jesus said you would live the same life He lived in this world. You wouldn’t be spared .. in fact you’ll face hostilities and suffering because Christ is in you. His life signals that a war has been fought and won. Sin and death have lost their claims on you. Sin steals and withholds. Grace gives generously and knows no other way. That Life moved into the neighborhood .. your neighborhood .. your heart. He didn’t force His way in .. you invited Him. He didn’t wait for you to clean up the place either. He moved straight in and went to work .. restoring broken parts of you .. gently applying truth where lies had once been sown. He won’t quit either. And neither will you. You can’t because once you’re infected with this generous grace, you can’t go back and live life by comparing. Because who you are now is defined by being: true from start to finish. Besides .. in Christ you are an original. Not a bad way to live! It only takes a moment ..
“Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original.” Galatians 5:25-26 The Message