New Insights – Part Two

In Paul’s letter named Colossians we read, “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him” (2:6). If you read that as a command to live for God, you are not reading it right. It doesn’t say live FOR Him. It says live IN Him. Big difference.

It is an invitation. God isn’t saying, “If you claim to know Jesus, you had better live LIKE Him.” He is saying, “If you know Jesus, you get to live WITH Him. It’s a privilege and a relationship. And, careful, the verse ends with the phrase “in Him.” It doesn’t say IN IT; it says IN HIM. The Christian life is not an it. It is a Him. It’s not a principle to base your life on – it is a relationship with Jesus. It is not a program – it is a person. It’s Jesus.

So, when things don’t appear to be working out … then maybe you have stopped living life “in Him.” You are walking in your own wisdom. You are relying on your own strength. You are moving forward with human understanding. You are following a program (weight loss, financial budget, how to get ahead and be a success) and not a person – THE Person, Jesus. It is about focus.

The author of the book of Hebrews (New Testament – Bible) states, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:1-2).

Remember Jesus. Focus on Jesus. Rely on His truth and His grace (John 1:14). How will we finish the race as believers? By looking to Jesus and living life in Him. He is the pioneer and initiator of our faith, and He is the perfecter and finisher.

This sound too simplistic? A little abstract? But really, it is as simple as focus. If your thoughts are on how far you have to go, your steps will feel heavy and uncertain. But if your focus in on how far God has already brought you, the energy and spiritual strength to continue and endure will be yours.

“Finish what you started,” the world says. But God says the opposite: “Just continue what I have already finished, Enjoy what I have already won.”

Jesus died for you, and He rose for you, and He declared that you are forgiven and free. Keep walking. Do another lap. He’s teaching you. You are growing. You are getting closer to Him. You are not perfect yet, but you’re in a process and on a journey with Jesus, and that is what matters most. Live life IN Him.

 

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