I am going to write a series of posts that I will refer to as ‘The Basics.” Just a few, to put on Riversofeden1 so as to be in sync with the focus and purpose of my life and ministry in Christ. It is always good to rehash some things at times to know why I believe what I do in my Christianity.
They said, “Put your entire trust in the Master Jesus. Then you’ll live as you were meant to live––and everyone in your house included (Acts 16:31 Message)
So they said, “ Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household. (Acts 16:31 NKJV)
- To believe: to have faith in Christ; to entrust one’s spiritual being to Jesus Christ; to trust; to be persuaded; to place confidence in
- To be saved: deliver, protect, heal, preserve; make whole; to preserve one who is in danger of destruction; to save; to rescue
I believe in Jesus Christ. On good days and bad days in my life, I believe in Christ Jesus. Believing in Him means that I am persuaded that He is God and is able to keep my life hidden in Him in my salvation, my wholeness, body, soul and spirit. I do not fluctuate in this. I believe because I am persuaded that He is who He says He is to me. This is not dependent on whether I feel it but I am persuaded in Him as the way, truth and life.
In saying this, I can navigate through life’s ups and downs, and ins and outs by being anchored in Christ, His perfection and His salvation, a gift freely given to me in grace through faith in the Son of God. Whose faith? Well, my faith can be weak some days and also hindered other days when life throws a curve ball. So, I lean into what He is and what He has done for me in the finished work of the cross. His faith, His life, His way – Christ in me, the hope of glory. I live my life in Christ.
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me (Galatians 2:20 KJV)
Christ’s life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 Message)
Salvation is not a one-time occurrence but also an ongoing journey in Christ. It is an ongoing process in the sense that I am secure in the reality of the person of Christ, while at the same time walking out and in my salvation. I am saved. Not a cliché but a reality. Salvation means so much more to me than culture makes it to be. Salvation is wholeness.
May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together––spirit, soul, and body––and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:23 Message)
23 May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together––spirit, soul, and body––and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:23 Message)
So, my salvation is real, established in my life, while flowing through my life – body, soul and spirit. I am saved to BE whole, not fragmented and segregated in life. Salvation re-members me into my life hidden in Christ, wherein I find my identity and purpose in life. I lose my life to find that I have a new life in Christ. This is a simple reality.
So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ––that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective. Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life––even though invisible to spectators––is with Christ in God. He is your life. (Colossians 3:1-3 Message)
With all of this being said, I wanted to gently remind myself that I am in this time for such a time as this. Salvation gives my life meaning and depth in Christ. Christianity is a glorious adventure in Christ, in His love, His grace and His mercy. Selah.