My daughter and I clean a church once a week. We enjoy the drive there and back, have father and daughter time and discuss issues that are important in our lives. Like uncovering the glory of Jesus Christ and seeing people who had accommodated themselves to spiritual wheel chairs leap up to become warriors of God. We live to know Jesus. We live so that people will live from their life in Christ to become their true selves – the kings and priests of the royal household of our Father.
My daughter rejoices in being who she is. So do I. There are things in life I have done that I regret. Periods of life that were intensely painful. I don’t live in regret of the past. I live in Jesus, which means I am content with being myself; pleased that in being captive to Jesus I am liberated to be me and satisfied that He has enlisted me to join Him in His restoration of the sons and daughters of God. With Paul I say, ‘I wish more people had what I have.’ I wish this particularly when I see people trying their hardest but the anointing is plainly NOT ON THEM OR WHAT THEY ARE DOING.
‘Paul replied, "Short time or long--I pray to God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains’ Acts 26.20 NIV.
There is nothing complicated about living as your true self. It’s as simple as this. Jesus is truth. When He is your life you will be true to yourself; true to your identity and destiny. A life lived in anything less than Jesus is a lie. To make a play on words ‘such a life is a lie, not a life.’ The problem comes when we attempt to live in Christianity on the false assumption that this is living in God. No. When Jesus is our life we are living in God; set free from the shriveled forms of the knowledge of good and evil; released from the conformity of churchism; cut free from the father of lies and established in the Father of Life, we are in God and we are real selves.
The essence, crux and hub of this is found in one word: Jesus. Since the resurrection Christ is your life.
How does Jesus get to be your life?
By reading the Bible and attempting to live from Bible principles? No.
By grasping Bible principles, analyzing what they mean and then attempting to practice them? No.
By trying to love Jesus because of what He did on the cross that we overcome? No.
By paying Jesus back for His sacrifice by doing good things? No.
By working hard in Christian activities to secure the acceptance of the Father and Jesus. No.
By having a social conscience? No.
By focusing on the outcasts instead of the middle class? No.
By making every effort to address pressing issues? No.
By sacrificing ourselves for our church. No.
By being a missionary? No.
By living in the anointing and prophesying. No.
By ordering your heart to eat Jesus. Yes. Those who eat Jesus will live because of Him – live not in the flesh but in the Spirit.
Jesus does not become our life by any kind of doing. He enters and pervades our life by His Spirit. The transference of Jesus to you occurs Spirit to spirit. Because the Spirit of Jesus forgives you, covers you and lives in you to become you - you are a son or daughter of God. All this by the Spirit. By the blood you are made one with God. By baptism you agree that His resurrection is you resurrection. By Pentecost and the infilling of His Spirit, you know that Christ’s life is your life.
How do you make Jesus your life? By believing.
Accept this and the Spirit that is Jesus will be in you. Believe this and all you touch will be ignited with a spark of resurrection life – particularly dead things. But deny this and the best you will ever do is make a few alterations while imparting nothing of the Kingdom of Heaven.
Religion consists of routine, repetition, tradition and good works. Religion is what Paul called a form of godliness without the life and power of heaven. Two women were in Jesus’ company. Martha represents religion. Mary represents the Kingdom. Mary lived from union with Jesus to impart His life. Martha was separate from Jesus and wanted to make sandwiches Jesus did not ask for. This is a parable of life in the spirit and life in the flesh.
Life in the Spirit is life in the Kingdom. Life in the Spirit is the one way of bringing the Kingdom of Heaven to earth and releasing healing and resurrection from He who is the tree of life. It is the only way to be your authentic self and the one way to defeat the Enemy. Paul describes this anointed life in Romans 8. This passage is the key to all that Father has accomplished for us in His Son. It is the door to living as sons of God with authority who live as multipliers of life and not as subtle multipliers of death.
‘The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.
Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.
You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.
The religious man attempts to use Jesus to enhance his religion; to empower his behaviors and beliefs. The Spiritual man’s life is Christ who ignites what he does with His presence.
But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you’ Romans 8.6-11.
There are those who despite their best efforts multiply fade-out and death. What begins in a flame always ends in puff of smoke.
With Jesus as our life we are grafted in to the tree of life in the Spirit. In the Vine we are branches of the Father. Our branches are spirit and life. We are alive and the life of heaven courses through us. In Jesus the sentence of a dead spirit is overcome in Jesus. With Jesus as our life the antidote to the tree of death flourishes in our being and we are alive in the Spirit of Life.