“For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.” (Romans 11:36 NASB)
Jesus Christ though known to many multitudes, is a great mystery. Not all believers know Christ in the true sense. Whatever we know about our Lord & Savior is limited. The knowledge about Him that He can calm the storm, raise the dead, forgive sins, heal the sick, give sight to the blind, knows everything, open new doors, rescue and deliver us from all harm, protect us from all danger, lead us from victory to victory – are all limited knowledge. Jesus is more than all the above qualities. He is known, yet not completely.
But more than the knowledge about Christ Jesus, what God wants to fill us with is the revelation and manifestation of the very person of Christ. What does Christ mean to you personally and practically? When was the last time you communicated with Him? Do you walk and talk with Jesus? Do you see Jesus with your eyes of faith in midst of all the storm and trouble? The meaning of a deeper Christian life is told by the Apostle Paul through these words: “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me.” (Galatians 2:19b, 20a NRSV). It is only when we live the Christ-centered life can we be able to experience Him deeply and precisely.
To have a close and deep relationship with Jesus Christ, you need not be born in a Christian family. If you are a human being, you can come unto Him for salvation. If you have the heart to get rid of your sinful life, God is ready to wash you by His blood. The only prerequisite is unwavering faith. Do not look back on your traditional backgrounds or your past mistakes. Jesus calls you and He needs your response. Next, time is not an issue for God. He can answer your prayer even if you pray at 2 am or at 5 pm. Next, place or location does not matter. God can answer you in open places as well as in closed doors.
What happens when we invite Jesus into our lives? We realize one mystery: My existence came from Christ. My new life, heart, spirituality, all are from Him, through Him and to Him! So it is no longer I who live but Christ living in me. Friend, do you have this blessed experience? If until now, you have lived for yourself, you are not a Christian according to the Word of God. Living for Christ and abiding in Him is the definition of Christian life. You may be saying, “I go to Church and fellowship, I read the Bible, I watch Christian programs.” Good! But what about your inner man? Is he healthy?
“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:23, 24 NIV) “So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16 NRSV) “that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man.” (Ephesians 3:16 NKJV)
One of the basics of Christianity is the renewal or transformation of our attitude. Our old self has died. Now, we do not have our own life to live according to what we ourselves desire. But we have a new self which is growing day by day to the likeness of our Savior. But how does that happen? Only by feeding our inner man by the Word of God, by meditating and applying its truths in all areas of our life. As you continue to receive the Word of God into your hearts, you are growing as a Christian. Believing and receiving differ. If you only believe and do not accept or receive God’s message into your lives, you are weak in your spirit. The best way to receive God’s Word is to pour out our hearts unto Jesus in prayer.
“---When we brought you God’s message, you heard it and accepted it, not as man’s message but as God’s message, which indeed it is. For God is at work in you who believe.” (1 Thessalonians 2:13 TEV) “The seeds that fell on good ground are the people who hear and understand the message. They produce as much as a hundred or sixty or thirty times what was planted.” (Matthew 13:23 (CEV)
Thus we understand that we must hear, accept and understand the Word of God. As we have seen, our old self has died and now we have a new life which is growing to the likeness and nature of our Savior. Only by applying the truths of God’s Word into our lives can we grow as Christians.
God is at work in us who believe. Once we have surrendered our lives to God, His active work is done all throughout our emotions, character, nature and personality. “I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6 NRSV) “It is God who produces in you the desires and actions that please him.” (Philippians 2:13 GWT) We now do not live on our own, we have a Lord and only one Lord. The good we desire and the good we do are all God’s graciousness that work in us.
“---You have left your old sinful life and the things you did before. You have begun to live the new life, in which you are being made new and are becoming like the One who made you. This new life brings you the true knowledge of God.” (Colossians 3:9, 10 NCV) To have the true knowledge of God, studying the Word will be an incomplete help. But when we apply God’s word practically into our lives, we become more and more like Him. And, in the true sense or in the eyes of God, we have become like Christ only as much we have applied His attitude and nature in all areas of our lives. May the name of Christ be lifted up and glorified in and through our lives.