1 Corinthians 2:2 “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”
This verse portrays a position in Christ that opens you to experiencing God as never before. The Christian life today has morphed into a walk with Christ that says, “What’s in it for me?” Our prayers often represent “911 calls” or “Christmas wish lists.” The Christian life has become a smorgasbord of taking what you like from the Bible and ignoring what you do not want. We pray for miracles and answered prayers without regard for God’s part or purpose in the situation. God does say to ask and you will receive but the context of this and similar verses is to be living and asking within His will. The Bible gives numerous examples of unanswered prayers. Did Stephen in Acts 7:59-60 want to live? “While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.’ Then he fell on his knees and cried out, ‘Lord, do not hold this sin against them.’ When he had said this, he fell asleep.” I think Stephen desired to live, but as Romans 12:1 says he also desired “to offer his body as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God.” Stephen’s course for eternity was set, but the course for those impacted by his life were not.
Stephen is not an isolated example. This and many other examples show followers of Christ who have passed metaphorically from life to death in their physical bodies. Their reading, studying, and living of the Scriptures has taken them to the firm belief that by faith they embrace 1 John 5:11: “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.” Living this way will take you to the heart of Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” We are called to live in the certitude that God is real, Jesus is the Messiah, and Jesus’ sacrifice results in eternal life for all who believe in Him and who are willing to make Him Lord of their lives. We are called to give Jesus control of every area of our lives, so that He can take us wherever He desires. Our time on earth may be shortened, or our quality of life might be diminished, but God calls us to live by faith in the reality of Philippians 3:10-11: “I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.” Our temporal existence or pleasure is nothing compared to experiencing the greatness of Christ in Philippians 3:8: “I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.” Enliven God in you as never before as you live an abandoned life to know, experience, and be fruitful for Christ.
Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
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