2009-07-08 - Summer Questions
2009 #1 ~ It's My Life
2 Tim 1:1, According to the promise of life in Christ Jesus.
For the past several years, in the summer time, I have solicited questions from you who read these devotionals. I would like to do so again this year. Here are the rules The questions should be short, to be usable. I understand that questions of a personal nature can take some explanation, and I will size them down if needed, but the shorter the better. The questions can be on anything - really anything. The more the question is relevant to a general audience, the more likely it will be used. Many questions have to do with relationships. We have also dealt with masturbation, suicide, other faiths, apostasy, and the list over the years has included almost everything but something new comes up every year. I will not identify you. I will change names, cities; even circumstances some, if I think that anyone could link the question back to you. There is some safety in this, so that asking difficult questions is easier. I will do my best to keep from having the questions traced in any way back to you. So have fun with this. I can never get to them all, but I do enjoy hearing from you. I am not always able to reply to the emails I get respecting these devotionals, because of my duties with my church, but I will try to reply to those in the questions series. Please send them directly to me: GodRulesTB@aol.com rather than just hitting reply to this devotional.
Today I would like to deal with a statement rather than a question. It came up today in an email from a friend with whom I have been discussing some life matters. He said, Its my life. So I will put it in a form of a question, Is it? If you are a follower of Christ, can you say that it is your life, or is your life now hidden in Christ, and thus, not your own? I think the answer is both a yes and no. It is your life. Part of the plan of God includes the freedom of our will, but also part of the life of a Christian is to that the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and delivered Himself up for me, Gal. 2:20.
We see this again in Colossians 3:2-4, Set your affections on the things above, not on the things that are on Earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, they you also will be revealed with Him in glory. There is some sense that when we come to Christ, who has redeemed us from our sins, we are no longer our own. We belong to Him. As the verse says, He is our life. This means that our life is no longer our own, to do with as we please. It is a hard-core call to consecration and discipleship. But it is also joy to the redeemed child of God. We seek His will for us over our will for ourselves. Our goal, better put, is that His will would be our will. We still live our lives, and Gods pleasure has been to give us freedom of will to choose this day who we will serve, Joshua 24:15, but the Christian desires to serve, follow, and live for the Lord. He/she has new desires, a new life, and that life is found in Christ.
So yes, it is your life. But for the Christian there is found no more joy than in laying down our lives, desires, hopes, dreams, and aspirations, as Christ has done for us, so His life might be lived through us unto His glory.
Soli Deo Gloria,
Editor's Note: The questions in this series are stated in the exact form sent by the readers - unedited, unproofed, in order to remain true to the reader's original wording.