When Christ Is Your Life

Dissatisfaction in my spiritual life has been driving me to pray.  A little while back I decided it was time to “seek the Lord while He may be found” and so I began morning prayer walks. Throughout the seasons of my life most of the monumental things that have happened in my life have occurred after a season of prayer, and often, it is dissatisfaction that drives me there.

So what is there to be so dissatisfied about? Nothing really, and yet everything. Once you’ve tasted the goodness of the Lord nothing less than the fullness of His presence can ever really satisfy. Well, very early on during my morning prayer walks I realized that my dissatisfaction was revolving around one thing- the need for Christ to truly be my life!

If we’re Christians He already is our life, isn’t He?

And that’s the thing… He is my life, but am I experiencing that? The answer was no, not really, not what it could be, not what it should be. There is more to being His than what I was experiencing.

Over and over again, everyday, God is showing me this one thing- My most important need is that Christ be my life and that I be experiencing that.

So let’s start out with what is NOT my life…

Owning a home is not my life. We’ve been looking to buy a home. Real Estate agents want to make you think that owning your own home is what life is all about- it’s not. I could point to many scriptures to prove that fact but I won’t right now, I have bigger fish to fry.

What kind of car I drive is not my life. I often talk about my younger days in ministry when I drove from city to city in an old rusted out Datsun B210. Pieces literally fell off in church parking lots and friends driveways. To many people that didn’t speak of prosperity and success. All I can say is that was one of the happiest times of my life! Did I mention that I was also living in a room the size of a bathroom at the time? Nice homes and new cars are NOT what makes life abundant and full; possessions are not what makes life good.

“A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”-Luke 12:15

Jesus wasn’t amassing the stuff and yet He had more “life” than anybody who ever walked this earth. In fact, Jesus has so much life He gives it away to others!

“I have come that you might have life, and have it to the full.” -John 10:10

 

Real life

A verse that God has been showing me lately really points out what this all means to me…

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” -Colossians 3:2-4

Who is your life? CHRIST IS YOUR LIFE!

My need, and your need, is Christ. Real life is being in Him and experiencing Him. We focus on all the other stuff and think that by it we will be happy and it never quite works out that way. You can have the stuff and not have the life! When you have Him, when you have “the life”, the stuff doesn’t matter as much anymore.

Jesus answered, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” -John 14:16

Jesus is constantly trying to tell us that He is life, why is this so hard to grasp?

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? -Matthew 6:25

So many people have made their job their life. Many ministers have made their ministry their life. It isn’t. Sometimes I have made my music and songwriting my life. It’s NOT.

CHRIST ALONE IS MY LIFE.

“When Christ, who is your life…”

This is not just semantics, this is very, very real. Is Christ really your life? Are you experiencing that? Those are the kind of questions God is asking me, and it’s also the place He’s leading me to.

 



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