Do the circumstances of your life seem to consume you? Have they become the basis of all your decisions? Do you find yourself overwhelmed in making choices?
Many Christians are plagued by living in the temporal, “the seen perspective,” the current events or experiences that they are being faced with, which tend to consume them.
Even more important are their reactions to these everyday experiences, which are typically based on their own self-concern and self-interest, which might be summed up as a self-conscious-awareness, of doing the right thing, the best thing or conversely not making the wrong choice. This self-consciousness is a work of the flesh and “the seed of all sinful activity” in the Christian’s life.
The truth is that the Christian life is not about us, it’s about Him – Jesus Christ. It’s not about our best effects to figure-out what to do in our current circumstances. It’s not really about doing the right thing at all, as much as it is about experiencing a dependent relationship with Jesus, learning to derive all that we do by faith.
It might come as a surprise, but the Christian life is – CHRIST. That is why we call the Christian Life, “The Christ-Life.” We are not our own center of reference, Christ has become “our point of reference,” our Center, our identity, our very life.
The spiritual reality of Christians needs to be Jesus Christ and His activity, which is Grace. Christians have had a spiritual exchange, from death to life, from darkness to light, from dominion of Satan’s to the dominion of God (Acts 26:18). We are no longer sinners but saints, holy ones, righteous ones, not inherently so, but relationally so, because we derive from the Holy One, The Righteous One, The Perfect One - Jesus Christ, who resides in our human spirit, as our very life. That’s why we’re called sons and daughters of God, (2 Cor. 6:18) joint heirs of Jesus (Romans 8:17).
In 2 Corinthians 13:5, Paul asks the question that we need to consider, “do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you believed in vain.”
Many a Christian is living as if they are the Life, when in fact CHRIST is THE LIFE. Some Christians have even gone so far as to complain that Jesus makes “their life” miserable. That might in fact be true, if they are living “after the flesh,” because Jesus Christ as our life will make obvious all attitudes and patterned propensities that are sinful, which is what the flesh is, and which the Christian can no longer enjoy.
Our focus, consciousness must continually be on what Christ is doing in our lives, on his character expression in our behavior. We have the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16) and as a result we must set our minds on things above (Col. 3:2) “The Unseen,” to begin to live based on God ‘s interests rather than ours. As we think and focus on the things of Christ, our self-orientation and pattern propensities of the flesh will fade into the background of our consciousness, and as a result we will begin to live and move in the presence of Christ and He will fill our consciousness, “For in him we live and move and exist” (Acts 24:8).
Self-consciousness will be swallowed up by Christ consciousness (2 Corinthians 5:4)!
“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain (Philippians 1:21).
by Don Burzynski