Three Keys to our Daily Life in Christ

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It’s odd, the things that we remember from when we were young. But first, this memory that lazily wandered through my skull.

I remembered a thought that I had after I started my first full-time job. For several months I was underwater and didn’t have time to think, but then this thought hit me: I no longer have my summertimes off as I had in school. I have to work like this for the rest of my life! (Remember, I was young)

I wasn’t sure I could work forever. I felt a sense of helplessness combined with dread wash over me. I had a good relationship with Jesus, but I still had much to learn; always do. However, you see, I hadn’t discovered three keys to living my life for Jesus.

Three Keys

1. I was trying to picture the whole rest of my life. That doesn’t work. If I try to live in the future, then I will be confused, disappointed, and out of God’s will. Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23 ESV) How can I even guess my future when daily I lay down my life and pick up my cross and follow Jesus. I rarely know where Jesus is going today until today, so I have no idea what I’ll be doing. 

2. I was envisioning my future upon what my life had been like in the past. That’s just silly. Past failures or successes do not determine my future. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV) That old person that I was, has no authority over me and the new person that I am serves the God whose name is “I Am,” so what do I have to dread about the future?

3. I was thinking within the knowledge, wisdom, and faith that I had at the time when that thought went through my mind. But as we follow Jesus, our knowledge increases, our understanding becomes deeper, and our faith grows stronger. I am not the same as I was. I think differently. As the Apostle Paul wrote, “Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:17 ESV) Sure, my flesh rises from time to time, and I have to beat it into submission, but that’s part of my cross. 

Pleasing Jesus

Now, many decades later, it seems odd to me that such a thought loomed so large before me. By the grace of Father God, the Shepherding of Jesus, and the work of the Holy Spirit within me, I now see that I just walked right through that fear and dread and didn’t even notice when I did.

These three keys are how you and I successfully live daily in Christ Jesus. We are living through such an incredible adventure!

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A good life is like a good song

A Good Song - Sheet Music

A good life is like a good song. For a life made alive by Jesus, your song is even more complex and enthralling.

He imparts a rhythm within you, a steadiness, a protecting hand keeping you from being tossed about as the problems of life assail you.

Your melody rests upon that rhythm – birthdays, babies, baseball, and countless beginnings, each soaring high and resounding low comprising your tune. And the endings; pauses within your song; some you celebrate and some you mourn but all contribute to the melody of your life — unique yet similar to all.

The song of your life will likely change time signatures, keys and harmonies from family, friends, co-workers, employers, houses, locations and so many, many others, all adding richness and texture to your life’s song. However, a timing mistake, as your song plays out, impacts everyone. All struggle to regain their place, as do you.

Rests

The rests, pauses in a song, may be the most challenging aspect when performed, but those quiet moments bring out the song’s beauty and texture. For your song, and mine, I think God may have had this idea of ‘rests’ in mind when King David, inspired by the Holy Spirit, wrote Psalms 27:14 (NIV):

Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.

It’s so difficult to wait – not procrastination but a wait directed by our Lord. It takes strength, and it takes heart to hold back until the exact time to burst forth with the rhythm, melody, and harmony of the song Christ Jesus desires for you. Wait and be strong. As your life unfolds, you can have the power of Jesus to perform your song. One that will be remembered for generations to come.

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