He is to me so much. He is to the world more than they know. He is everything we need in the here and now and forever. I’m excited about my new series, Jesus Is, because I get to explore more of the depth of who our Savior was back in the day, who He is now, and who He is to come! I have begun praying every day for a deeper revelation of who He is in my life, and I’ve discovered He is my life.
In days past I made a priority list and of course Jesus was right at the top, underneath Him came my husband, children, family, ministry, job, etc. I put the Savior neatly in His place and tried to make sure I made time for Him in the morning. If I didn’t get to Him then, I surely got to Him in the evening after everyone went to bed. Yes, it was my time alone with Jesus. The problem with this was that “my time” with Him was never enough time. I could never get my fill, distractions bombarded me, I didn’t “hear” from the Lord like I wanted. Where was I going wrong? After all, this was the spiritual discipline I had been taught all my Christian life and it should be working… right?
One day a friend and I were talking and she told me she wanted to share some truths from God’s Word with me. At the time I was a Sunday School teacher and wondered what it was she thought she could teach me, but thought I’d hear her out. She gave me a few CDs and I took them, not sure if I’d listen to them or not.
Weeks later I remembered the CDs in my car, and I was bored, so I popped one in and the guy teaching spoke about God’s love and grace. His message was life to me. It was more than what I had known about the Gospel! It went further than my sins being forgiven, it taught that Jesus was my life ~ right now here on this earth. He wasn’t just a priority to deal with everyday then set aside; no, He is my life.
Jesus as life is found in Scripture in Colossians 3:2-4 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. He isn’t just a piece of the puzzle ~ He is the whole puzzle. He’s the reason there is a puzzle. So how does this apply to my life literally?
I can think of several ways:
- He is in every conversation I have because as I speak I can allow Him to speak through me.
- He is in every thought I have because I have the mind of Christ if I will only allow Him to flow.
- He is in every step I take because His Spirit living in me guides me to truth in all things.
This means Jesus gets out of bed with me to greet my family and loves them through me. He goes to work with me and gives my co-worker a hug because the night before she found out her husband’s having an affair. He smiles at the cashier at Wal-Mart and gives a kind word because she feels like a failure today. All these things I know nothing about, but He does. Jesus in me, going with me, being life to me touches people from the minute I get up until the time I lay my head down at night.
Romans 8:5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. It is when we make an intentional decision to live according to the Spirit that Jesus shows Himself as our life. It’s then He begins to live His life out loud through us. The question has been asked, ”Who can live your life for you?” You’d probably answer “Me”. Next question, “Who can live Jesus’ life for Him?” Of course you’d say, “Only Jesus could live His own life.” So if Jesus lives in you, and He does if you are a believer, then who could live the life Jesus wants you to live better than Jesus Himself? No one better at all! When we rest in Him, He lives in and through us because He really is the LIFE of a believer! Praise God from whom all blessings flow. I thank Him for this abundant life, and I mean joy, peace, love, wisdom, truth, kindness, patience, self-control and so much more in the midst of any circumstance.