Wednesday, March 11, 2015

United in Christ

Jesus wants us to unite with Him, He who is the only Truth, our Great Shepherd, possessing all authority, glory, and power. And the One who produces in us love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Satan wants us to unite with the world, a world that shuns Jesus and instead offers each person their unregenerated  hearts' desires leading to pride, deception, lies, hatred, malice, chaos, anger, immorality, self-indulgence, self-dependence, bigotry, depravity, and evil. All that is directly opposed to Christ Jesus and His gospel and teachings. 

Following Jesus, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, we will abide in Him and He and God in us. We will have divine power available to us so that sin will have no dominion over us, and we will be enabled to rightly use the spiritual gifts God has given us for the edification and enrichment of the body of Christ. In addition to all that, Paul says we will be renewed day by day, and we will change from glory to glory until we see Jesus face to face. The Bible teaches our temporary struggles aren't worth comparing to the glory that will be revealed in us. God promises to work all things--ALL things-- together for good for those of us who love Him.

In contrast, if we choose to follow the ways of the world, we will degenerate, becoming less and less dignified human beings and more and more like the father of lies whose fruit is destruction and decay. We certainly see that today. Instead of being renewed day by day, we will deteriorate, possessing a depraved mind and a shriveled soul. Sin will reign and we will walk in darkness with no lasting joy or peace. We will miss out on the wisdom, guidance, fellowship, glory and giftedness that God wants to bestow on us. 

Since sin entered the world there have been only two ways to live--God's way or Satan's way. Ironically, those who believe they can live following their own way have chosen Satan's way because he was the first to decide to live in his own wisdom. 

As Beth Moore reminded us in her Daniel Bible study, we are here on earth for just a little while. In view of our eternal destiny, may we live our lives united with Jesus. May we walk in His truth and His wisdom, reflecting His glory until the day when we will stand before Jesus face to face, and may we hear those precious words, "Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into your Master's happiness."

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