“Jesus wants to be a part of your life.”
“You need to make Jesus a part of your life.”
These statements give me pause. Jesus doesn’t desire to be a part of our life. He desires to be our life. Apart from him we have no life. Do we really desire to only live a quarter or half a life? If we want to live life to its fullest we can only do that as we totally surrender ourselves to the Lord. It’s all or nothing. Paul understood this when he wrote to the Philippians.
“According to my earnest expectation and my hope,
that in nothing I shall be ashamed,
but that with all boldness, as always,
so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body,
whether it be by life, or by death.
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”
For to me to live is Christ…
- “For what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
- Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord:
- for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
- And be found in him,
- not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law,
- but that which is through the faith of Christ,
- the righteousness which is of God by faith:” Philippians 3:7-9.
Paul realized all his successes, heritage, and life under the law smelled like a cow pile. He knew apart from Christ he smelled of death. He cast them aside and placed all his hope in living life in Jesus Christ.
“For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
When Christ, who is our life,
then shall ye also appear with him in glory.”
When the risen Lord blinded Saul(who is Paul) to the world around him and all he could see and hear was the Lord, He brought Paul to life, His life. Paul shows us Christ’s example of a life in Christ.
- “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
- Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
- But made himself of no reputation,
- and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man,
- he humbled himself,
- and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Philippians 2:5-8.
no reputation…form of a servant…
Jesus spoke of this to his disciples.
“For whether is greater,
he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth?
Is not he that sitteth at meat?
But I am among you as he that serveth…Luke 22:27.
And whosoever will be chief among you,
let him be your servant:
even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister,
and to give his life a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:27-28.
Humbled himself, and became obedient unto death…
“So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath,
he cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:33.
“Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it;
and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.” Luke 17:33.
Losing self brings us to true life in Christ, to that which is eternal. He gives us a new identity, his identity and a new residence with him.
“For our conversation is in heaven;
from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
Who shall change our vile body,
that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body,
according to the working whereby
he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.”
Some think the Christian life impossible to live. Apart from Christ that is true. But not only has Christ given us life in himself, He has also given us all we stand in need of to live as an example of him. He called us to be his witnesses, a light of his glory to the world. He hasn’t left us alone to accomplish an impossible task. Remember it’s no longer I that live,
“but Christ liveth in me:
and the life which I now live in the flesh
I live by the faith of the Son of God,
who loved me and gave himself for me.”
“my God shall supply all your need
according to his riches in glory
by Christ Jesus…
I can do all things
through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
So in Philippians we find,
- in Christ we have life
- in Christ we have purpose of life
- in Christ we belong to a new kingdom giving us a new identity, and
- in Christ we are supplied with all we need to
“press toward the mark
for the prize
of the high calling of God
in Christ Jesus.”
With confidence we will succeed for we have God’s guarantee.
“Being confident of this very thing,
that he which hath begun a good work in you
will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
Why would we choose to hold tightly to a strength that will soon turn to dust, when we can hold to the strength of Christ who will carry us through eternity with him? Give Christ all and you won’t end up with nothing.