THE CHRISTIAN LIFE IS A "LIFE AND DEATH AFFAIR"
By a person who is deeply in Love with God
That may sound mysterious, but its really very simple. Paul explains this truth: "for you have died and your life Is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our Life, Is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in Glory" (Colossians 3:3-4). The key to this Mystery is understanding who is dead and who is alive.
In Ephesians 2:1, Paul explains who is dead: "and you Were dead in your trespasses and sins." What he means Is spiritually dead. In Colossians, Paul says that Christ Is our life. In Christ, we are spiritually alive, for Christ Gives us a brand new life. The bible says when a man Is born again, he is born from above. God gives him a New life. He receives Jesus Christ as his Savior.
At the same time that person receives Jesus Christ as his Savior, God the Father identifies that person with Christ In His death, His burial, and His Resurrection. Dead to The old life ---------- Risen to live a new kind of life.
When you receive Christ as your life. It's not something "added on." Until you see the Christian life that way, you will live in defeat. Why? Because nowhere does God say that you are to live the Christian life. Rather, "Christ in you" will live the Christian life. You don't need His assistance; you need His existence, His presence in you.
When Christ is your life you have a different mindset. Like Paul said: "set your mind on the things above" (Colossians 3:2). Some people have a mindset for money, fame, power, or possessions. When Christ is your life, your mindset should be for God. The gifts of God. The Wisdom of God. The ways of God. The power of God, and a yearning desire to know Christ better than ever before.
Christ has become our life. And through the power Of the Holy Spirit working within us, God brings Out of our lives the life of his Son.
Whose life are you living ----- your own or Christ's?