Who Am I, Day 5 of 7


 Who Am I? (A Christian’s Inherited Traits, 21 through 25 of 35)
 
  • I am a prisoner of Christ (Eph. 3:1; 4:1).
  • I am righteous and holy (Eph. 4:24).

  • I am a citizen of heaven, seated in heaven right now (Eph. 2:6; Phil. 3:20).

  • I am hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3).

  • I am an expression of the life of Christ because He is my life (Col. 3:4).

Today’s Observations:
  1. The first three of today’s traits are taken from the letter to the Ephesians.  This letter celebrates the church as the bride of Christ; as beautifully adorned and wearing the spotless gown of Jesus Christ.  Just as a bride gives herself to the groom, sometime soon after we received Christ, we gave ourselves fully to him.  He therefore accepted the offer and we are now in His possession and He will never let go of us; He will never divorce us.  He has adorned us with righteousness and holiness.  As the bride of Christ, we, of course, are made citizens of heaven, given the  bride’s rightful seat in heaven.  (And, if you remember, because we are son’s of God, and brothers and sisters of Christ, we are natural born citizens of heaven.)
  2. Today’s fourth trait is a really awesome attribute to keep foremost in our minds.  The same protection that the Father gives His Son Jesus Christ is ours.  Nothing will happen to us outside of His will.  We can put our trust " under the shadow of His wings" (Psalm 36:7) and feel just as secure as our Savior who was described as hidden "in the shadow of His hand" (Isaiah 49:2).  Hallelujah, we can rest secure knowing we are protected by the Almighty God.  We have nothing to fear but Him alone!
  3. Today’s last trait shows how we are an expression of the life of Christ, not the essence of His life.  Remember, we collectively are the Body of Christ, but each individual part is just an expression of Him.  To me, this is a freeing thought.  We are not expected to carry out every aspect of the life of Christ, but only the part we are called to do.  When we receive our calling, we need to remember that we are just one part.  When other needs arise in the Body that need to be met by other parts that we are not called to do, we should not be motivated by guilt when the responsible parts refuse to step up to the plate.  We should not serve in a capacity that we are not called to at the expense of our calling; that would be making two mistakes.  Let God deal with those who are not responding to His calling and let Him take care of the parts that are not being taken care of.  To quote Neil Anderson;  ‘I am not the great "I am", but by the grace of God, I am what I am.’* 

 Live Today in the Fullness of His Grace!

With Brotherly Love,

Jim

*from Neil T. Anderson’s book, Victory Over the Darkness.

 
Advertisements
  1. Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: