Let me ask you a question. What is the focus of Christianity? For the last few days, we have been talking about dying with Christ, about taking our sins, our sinful nature, and daily crucifying it so we can live. Can you tell me what the focus of Christianity is?
What I think it is.
It’s about living. It really is my friend; it’s about living. Who would think dying to Christ and crucifying sin would lead to living?
But it does, and do you want to know how?
What did Christ do on the cross?
Christ died, right?
What happened three days later?
He rose from the dead.
Folks, when we die to Christ, we rise with Him as well. We live. That’s great news.
Let’s look at this from a legal standpoint again. My footnote says this, “Legally, we have been reconciled with God (2 Corinthians 5:19). This allows us, makes us free to grow into Christ’s likeness (Romans 8:29).
Does this mean I will be perfect like Christ? No. Sorry to break it to you, but he was the only perfect one and will always hold that position alone.
You might be saying to yourself, “But where do I get the power to make all these changes I know I need to make? Where does it come from?”
That’s a great question, even if I did write it myself.
You see, we have his resurrection power to help us fight the sin in our lives. We are no longer alone in these battles. Do you want to know something, though? So many people think they are. So many people forget that Christ is living in them, and they can draw from His power.
Remember the garlic toast in the toaster. Are you plugged into the power? If not, you aren’t going to toast any bread. Christ is one of the biggest assets in your fight against sin, and I might add, daily. You are ignoring one of the biggest advocates in your corner if you are not seeking Jesus.
I’m just the messenger, folks. Please don’t shoot me.
As my footnote says, “we are no longer alone, for Christ lives in us – he is our power for living and our hope for the future.”
I guess the question would be this? Is he living in you, or are you still riding the fence? Do you have hope for the future?
As I always like to ask, who are you putting your hope in today? This world? This economy? Yourself? Your spouse? Your friends? The bottom of a bottle? The lottery?
Father, I’m so grateful for your Son, Jesus Christ. Without Him, I would be lost. My life would be entirely different, chaotic, short, and headed to a dead-end without him. Thanks, God, for thinking of me and loving me enough to send your Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for my sins. I pray one day they will decide to follow Jesus for those who don’t know him personally. In his name, I pray, Amen.
In His Service
The Teaching Lady