We Live For Christ

As we continue in our series on our identity in Christ, let’s sum up who are we in Christ.

We are connected to Him, remain in Him, serve Him or we are NOTHING.

We have the mind of Christ, opened to us by the Holy Spirit and shared with us in God’s Word.  Joyce Meyer states that wherever your mind is, that is WHO you are.  With the mind of Christ in us, we can be the beautiful people our God made us to be.

So, being one in Him, we are complete in Christ Jesus.  We can BE Christ in this hurting world. We can let the light of Jesus shine so brightly, our bodies lit up so fully, that all will be blessed by our completeness.

We’ll close this series on our identity in Christ with a story told by Kenneth Chapin.  He writes that the real proof of the power of the gospel (of Jesus Christ) is in CHANGED LIVES, that the gospel’s most powerful argument is not in great sermons preached but in the changes it causes in life.  AMEN.

Chapin says that after taking several classes in Seminary, when he became a pastor he thought that all that knowledge would help him deal with those who were facing death.  Then – in his first experience in a hospital room with a dying woman, he realized how useless all of man’s theories about death and dying are.  You know why?  He says,

“When I watched this beautiful Christian woman draw upon the resources of the Risen Lord to face death without fear, I realized that the greatest argument for immortality in this world is one Christian who has found meaning in life and hope in death by the power of the gospel.”

Our dear sister in Jesus showed this pastor and all of us, the glorious earthly finish of a Christian complete in Christ.  I have been at a Christian’s bedside to see the peace passing over a devoted face, filling the room with the glow and love of the Holy Spirit and so have you.

You are complete in Christ, my friends, complete through eternity!         The best is yet to come!

May everyone we know see the love of Jesus in us!

Barbara

WHO AM I IN CHRIST JESUS?

So Who AM I in Christ Jesus – my Lord and my Savior?

The frazzled mother running from one kid’s school to another, one soccer game after the other, soccer MOM, super Mom, getting home in time throw together that ever tasty meal for the whole happy family to enjoy – in between texts – to run off to a meeting, make sure homework is done, worrying about the kids grades, trying to figure out her own life?

Or what about the sandwich generation woman lovingly visiting elderly Mom to help her with laundry, her bills, her medicine, worrying about her care and then running home to her own chores to get done before she running from one kid’s school to another, one soccer game after the other….on and on…what’s this all about?

And…let’s throw you working Moms (and Dads) into this mix of trying to know who you are, worrying if you are doing enough!

All of us being pulled from one direction to another – priorities, time schedules, yikes!!

In Colossians 2: 10, those with the mind of Jesus can read with a quiet sigh:      “I have been made COMPLETE in Christ.”  Ahhhhh   Some translations say that we have been given FULLNESS in Christ.

The Light of Christ indeed FILLS our beings!

No more searching and wondering…but now feeling complete because of your salvation in Jesus!  Your sinful nature has been put off – You are completely forgiven!  You are completely righteous before God in Jesus. You are delivered from evil spirit beings.   You are full of all heavenly resources to grow in spirit with Your Lord!

You are full of the hope of resurrection from spiritual death – to have life everlasting!

Friends, In my life, I feel complete in Lord Jesus.  It’s so very hard to put what that means into words – don’t you think?

All I have to do is put Him foremost in my heart and mind, and pray for the Holy Spirit to guide me and speak to me of God’s desires for me, do all I can in Jesus name.  The Schedules seem quieter, many relationships seem softer, my time with Christians in fellowship is always truly full – I can see love in each of you – I can see Christ in each of you.

You are complete in Him.

As Paul tells us:

I can see Christ’s gentleness in you!

I can encourage you not to worry about anything, not ANYTHING because our God is in control of your life and mine, He holds us in the palm of His hand! Do you Get that image?  I love it!  Why worry?

When we are complete in Jesus and full of Him, we know that whatever happens, is in God’s hands and  we TRUST HIM with it all –  with it ALL!  We may want to take our worry back – BUT – Let go of it again and leave it at the foot of the cross of our Lord Jesus!  He’ll take care of it.

Pray! Pray! Pray! Ask and you shall receive. Lives complete in Jesus Christ are based on prayer – period.  We LIVE prayer – our minds need not be disjointed, distracted, rattled – our minds need to be concentrated in prayer, trust and thanksgiving!

Completeness in Christ brings us His peace.  Hallelujah!

Barbara

EXCITING NEWS!!

Hello friends!

I’m excited to share with you that I have submitted my final manuscript of my third book, All Glory and Honor Unto to You, to my publisher!  I am hoping and praying for publication beginning very soon so that this Devotional Book can be available for Christmas giving.  It should be a great gift for Christian girlfriends and family members.

So – stay tuned for the news of the availability of the first editions!  Reserve your copy now!!

Blessings,

Barbara