Posted by: forbygrace | June 25, 2008

What is your Life

How often have you pondered that question? The question is asked in James 4:14 and it must be noted that the he did not ask, “what is life?” or even “what are the distinguishing marks of a Christian life?”, but he asks “what is your life?” Your life which is short and is like a vapor that appears and is then gone…what is it?

Paul states: “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Php 1:21). Paul saw what his life was—living for Christ and dying to self. He saw what every Christian should see and must see…He must increase and I must decrease. It is one thing to say that you will give up a little bit of yourself, a little of your time, a little of your money, but to give up yourself wholly…to die to self? It is entirely unnatural and against our fallen nature to live in a manor where God can ask anything of you and you’ll do it. Apart from the super-natural work of the Holy-Spirit in a man’s heart where he is regenerated, or born again, no one can live the life Christ calls us to and even if we had the will to we would not have the power to carry it out. The wonderful truth is that those who have been born again will be able to carry out such a life for He that began a good work in you will carry it on to completion. Living a life where we can testify with Paul that it is no longer I that live, but Christ living in me, is both the proof of our good estate and the assurance and joy of our salvation. God’s word tells us that our life as His redeemed children is to be one that is as salt and light (Matt 5:13-14), as a life that bears much fruit (John 15:8), as a life lived in self-denial and taking up one’s cross (Luke 9:23). We may fall into sin, we may become cold for a short season, but the desire of heart will be to escape from such circumstances and live a life pleasing to God.

The late Leonard Ravenhill’s words strike a sobering note on that all important question…
“And there’s no room for Him in the inn.
He got a bit older, there was no room in His family, His family turned on Him.
He went to the temple, no room in the temple, the temple turned on Him.
And when He died there was no room to bury Him, He died outside of the city.
Well why in God’s Name do you expect to be accepted everywhere?
How is it that the world couldn’t get on with the holiest Man that ever lived and can get on with you and me?
Are we compromised? Are we compromised?
Have we no spiritual stature?
Have we no righteousness that reflects on their corruption?”

The witness of our own life will perhaps answer the question better than the words of our mouth. What is your life?

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Responses

  1. Good message, Mike. I like progressions, and the one you shared from Leonard Ravenhill paints a real (and convicting) picture.

    Big lesson from a short simple question.


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