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Monday, April 26, 2010

to live is Christ

over and over again in my heart rings the Scripture that was the foundation of the message that went forth for our church body yesterday.  "to live is Christ" (phillipians 1:21)  I believe that the depth of the revelation that lies in that Truth is greater than we can possibly imagine. what does it mean to truly "live?" so many people would answer that question in so many different ways. but, the Word of God says that it means Christ. Jesus Christ is life!  And truly living is experiencing Him within us. Why do we try to find fulfillment in any other source?

when Jesus ascended to the Father and sent the Holy Spirit to live in us because of our faith in His accomplished work here on this earth, we were united with the Life of God. we were raised from death and made one with Life. and, if we are going to experience all that Life has to offer, it will be as we embrace the Life that lives in us as the only One that will ever bring fulfillment to us in this world. most of the time, we try to find fulfillment in so many other things other than Life Himself.  even honorable things like a spouse, your family, doing charitable services, or even ministry work can take the place of embracing the Only One that truly makes life worth living!

hagaii 1:5,6 says "give careful attention to your ways. you have planted much, but have harvested little, you eat, but never have enough. you drink, but never have your fill. you put on clothes, but are not warm. you earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it." i believe that this Scripture clearly describes the living conditions of the person who is trying to experience fulfillment without truly Living. without an awareness of Christ as our life, we are doomed to a disappointed existence with constant striving to live without satisfaction. with Christ as our very life, in which we find all of our fulfillment, other things that are added to our lives don't fall directly out the bottom. we can harvest a full crop, eat and be satisfied, drink and be quenched, dress and be warm, and earn wages that support our families without making those things be our life but an added blessing to already truly Living! what an amazing Truth...........

to live is Christ!


20 comments:

Lisa said...

Amen Christy! I remind myself often "Seek FIRST the kingdom of God" and I know that everything else will fall into place.

Great post sis!

MTJ said...

Hi Christy Rose,

As I read this post, my mind immediately thought of what Paul wrote to the church at Philippi (Phil. 4:11):
"Not that I speak from want; for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am."

To live is Christ because we have a peace that far exceeds human understanding; a life of joy unspeakable.

Thanks so much my sister!

MTJ

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

Amen! Jesus said He came so that we might have life abundantly. May we trust and believe that He really meant it!

Just Me said...

I just love how when Jesus is the center, everything else falls into balance. He is LIFE!! =) Great post. love it.

DeanO said...

Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

Heart2Heart said...

Christy,

These are truly inspiring words about how we as Christians should be living our lives. Not wanting more but being satisfied that God has supplied our needs! Excellent post!

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Sara said...

He has given us everything! Oh so true.

Christy, I wanted to thank you for being a part of my first year of blogging! What a wonderful year it has been. I'm throwing a little party and as an honored guest, I would love for you to stop by and share a highlight of your year with all of us.

http://justsarahdawn.blogspot.com/2010/04/cactus-happy.html

Cactus Happy,
Sara

RCUBEs said...

"To live is Christ" [His life in me]...I can't imagine the oceans without water. Nor the birds without wings. Spring without all the wonderful blooms...I can't imagine a life without hope...if I don't have Christ in me [us]...

Beautiful sister Christy...I love the following words too [to die is gain]...God bless.

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

Yes, this is so true! Thank you Christy Rose!

Darcie said...

Very deep and thought provoking post! Christ has got to be the motivation factor in every thing we do...if he is not, then it is all for naught. Thanks for sharing.

Stuff could always be worse said...

such a great thought, this world does not have it. The key to happiness
kim

Kristin said...

That is so true, Christy. We've been talking about that too at church. I get so sad to see friends grasping at everything, trying to find something that will make them happy, and they don't want to hear about how Jesus is the answer.

~*Michelle*~ said...

You speak such TRUTH!

blueviolet said...

A life without Christ is not a life I could ever imagine!

He & Me + 3 said...

That is so true. How often to do people of the world search and try to satisfy that longing that only Christ can satisfy in HIM. Not in worldly goods or things. To Know Him is to Know Life! In Him we can be Content in whatever situation life brings our way. He provides that Peace!
Hugs,
mimi

Tara said...

Def. an amazing TRUTH! I am one who tends to look for fulfillment in my husband and child because I put a lot more effort into them than God. I am ashamed to admit it. I do have a lot of work to do.

Beth in NC said...

So good Christy. We can only find true fulfillment in Christ. It is only through that realization that we can have an abundant life.

Karen said...

Amen, Christy...especially liked this...

"if we are going to experience all that Life has to offer, it will be as we embrace the Life that lives in us as the only One that will ever bring fulfillment to us in this world."

Mich said...

"To Live IS Christ..."

Great post!

Hope you are having a beautiful week!

Susan said...

Happy Birthday to your mom.
I just love moms.
Blessings,
Susan