March 21, 2009

March 21–CONTINUE to Live

We are never to get complacent or take for granted the amazing love gift of  life we have received through Jesus Christ. We are never to miss the opportunity to grow stronger by living in the power of  God’s Spirit and Word within us. We are always to turn our attitudes towards thankfulness recognizing that we are always held in God’s unfailing love.

 Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in your faith and overflowing with thankfulness.

Colossians 2:6-7

Personal Reflections from Sylane:                                                                           After we receive the wonderful, eternal gift of life through Jesus Christ, we need to remember to live this new life–to CONTINUE to live this new life that has been given to us in Christ Jesus.

It’s not just a one day special! Salvation is an eternal gift of life. And eternal life with Jesus doesn’t just begin on the other side of the Pearly Gates! And that until we get there we are to just bide our time, just making it through–and maybe just barely at that–while here on this earth.

Oh, no! That’s not God’s plan or the power He has for us to live in Christ Jesus!

Our eternal life with Jesus is taking place right now, and began the moment we trusted that Jesus died to give us life. By God’s Spirit we are brought to life, and we are called to CONTINUE to live in Christ Jesus–and in that truth!

Sometimes I forget that. Sometimes I get sad, angry, selfish, sinful, sick, tired, sick-and-tired, lazy, apathetic, uppity… Oh! Isn’t that just a list of the godly characteristics which Jesus has to strengthen us!? The answer would be: NO!

So! When I forget all that God has for me so that I may CONTINUE to live in the love, the power, the grace and the truth of Jesus Christ, my Abba reminds me that:

  • Living in Christ Jesus is to make a choice daily–moment by moment–to be active and intentional about growing deeper and stronger in my faith. 
  • Living in Christ Jesus  is about trusting God, His loving goodness and eternal plan even if I don’t feel the love or see any good reason for what I may be dealing with right at any given moment or season in my life. 
  • Living in Christ Jesus teaches me, shakes my attitude to where it needs to be and empowers me to have a heart full of thankfulness because I know I am loved beyond my imagination and God is good!

God loves us so much. He provides everything we need to live a life in Christ Jesus–and teaches us to do it all in thankfulness. Even what may be, at first, bitter for us to live through, is able to be turned into sweetness and strength as we CONTINUE to live our life in Christ Jesus.

In love, peace and purposeful passion,                                                               Sylane