As we discovered the New Covenant, there’s one thing I think we specifically have to unlearn, and that is that the Christian life is not a code of ethics. It is no longer an external law where we seek to perform and achieve at life.
We don't live for God, we live from God.
The issue now has gone from external to internal. As Christ takes up residence in us through the power of His spirit, His Life is in us, and it wants out. The thing that we must understand, however, is that this is not an easy thing to do. People accuse those of us in the New Covenant economy of “easy believism.” But the truth is,
There is nothing more difficult to do than to set aside your resources and choose instead to live out of the resources of God.
“Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.”
Colossians 2:6 (NASB)
How did we receive Him? By grace through faith. So, how are we to walk in Him? By grace through faith.
We are to live from God because that's the only way you and I can live for God. The life that pleases God is His own Life, which He has placed in us to release through us so we can multiply His Life throughout the world. The church is to function like a kaleidoscope, with varying personalities and expressions of the very same Life. The result is that the unbelieving world can look at the church and say, “Wow, so that's what God is like.”
You are a part of that, beloved, so play your part. Live a life of faith, trusting God to be all that He is to whatever you need. Bless you now, go shine your light.
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