The weeks prior to Resurrection Sunday is a perfect time for us to assess, evaluate, and be self-aware in our relationship with Jesus Christ. Our life in Him, is influenced by what He accomplished for us through the cross and His resurrection. How we flesh out this truth in our life is a matter of personal perception and understanding of our position in Him. The Apostle Paul expresses it this way:
“Count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 6:11)
Such wisdom intimately affects our thought-life. In essence, we are to consider, to reckon, to count on the truth: We died with Jesus and we are now raised to life with Him.
Unfortunately, many of His followers today miss out on experiencing the victorious, joy-filled life, not because they aren’t in fact crucified and raised in Jesus, but because they don’t know it. Perhaps their relationship with Him is only based on a theological belief or a matter of creed. Perhaps it’s misunderstood as something to strive for rather than accept wholeheartedly. Perhaps it’s seen as a future possibility rather than an established position in Him. As you know, none of that is enough. As followers of Christ, we will experience the joy, power and victory when we truly believe its foundation: We were crucified with Jesus, and now we are raised and living His life. And this must be more than a belief; we must Know It, Count On It, Cling To It as a rock-solid event as certain as the day we were born.
Too many followers of Jesus are trying to make the Christian experience true for them. They have put the cart before the horse. Experience often doesn’t lead to truth, but truth leads to experience. Instead of praying for the resurrected life, we just need to accept it and live it. Instead of hoping we’ll die to sin, let’s count on the fact that we already have. Our struggles are often only a product of how we see ourselves. If we see ourselves as sinners trying to be better Christians, that’s how we’ll live. If we see ourselves as sinners buried with Christ and raise to new life in Him, that too is how we will live. Romans 6:11 tells us clearly and succinctly what to see and how to live every moment of every day. Let’s count on it, and let’s watch our experience line up with the truth of who we are already in Christ. Our lives will be beyond remarkable and rewarding. Agree?
Have a beautiful weekend. Make it better by worshiping The LORD with those who have learned and know with certainty that they don’t need to wait before beginning to live eternally.
All For Jesus – Nothing More, Nothing Less, Nothing Else.
“He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, The King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see, to Him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.” (1 Timothy 6:15b-16)