Thursday, January 17, 2013

42. The Challenge of the Christ-like Life

Was it ever in His plan that we should do what Jesus would do? Trying to imitate God in the earth is only a notion that men who lack understanding try to do.

Jesus said that we must be ‘born again’. That is to say, we must become a totally new and regenerated being. Jesus said to His disciples, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let Him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”

It is in the losing and the loosing of our selves that we find the true ‘born again’ self that Christ has called his disciples to be. In the desiring of Him and in the denying of myself, I see that it is not I who lives, but that it is the Christ Who lives in me.

So, no longer do I think that I can be like Him, but it is Him being Himself in me. This is the mystery of the gospel of the Kingdom that Jesus prayed about in John 17:23, “I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.”

Being born again into His Kingdom of grace is the losing of my life for His sake and the finding of His life in me. Then, and only then, do I find the inescapable reality of Truth abiding in me. Paul said, “…to fulfill the word of God, the mystery which was hidden from ages and generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”       
(Colossians 1:25b-27).







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