Abide In Christ: May 16th

9143278493_a52b1dd6fa_oFORSAKING ALL FOR HIM

Shall we say it together?  WoW.  Oh, to learn to abide daily in this magnificent Christ and to live daily by His indwelling Life – what a lesson!  And what an ongoing, daily lesson it is.  That is the key – ongoing, daily.  I daily take me, myself, and I, my flesh, my old man, my self, my whatever you want to call it, and I count it dead.  If I don’t, then how can I forsake all for Him; I will have forsaken everything but me.  If I don’t count my soul-life as dead, how can I live by His divine life?  So yes, forsaking all includes forsaking myself.  “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”

Now, my focus is not on my death, my denial of all.  No, my focus is on Jesus Christ!  As I abide in Him, all these other things are taken care of.  Jesus said to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.  The writer of Hebrews said “let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus…”  He doesn’t say, “fixing our eyes on our death.”  Nor does he say, “fixing our eyes on our own identity in Christ, who we already are in Him, or the victorious/new/abundant life we have.”  No!  He says, “fixing our eyes on Jesus.”  Why?  Because Jesus is “the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  It’s Jesus, not us.

“Wherever there is life, there is a continual interchange of taking in and giving out, receiving and restoring.”

“There are Christians who look on [the spiritual life’s] blessedness as consisting all in the privilege of ever receiving; they know not how the capacity for receiving is only kept up and enlarged by continual giving up and giving out – how it is only in the emptiness that comes from the parting with what we have, that the divine fulness can flow in.  It was a truth our Saviour continually insisted on.  When He spoke of selling all to secure the treasure, of losing our life to find it, of the hundred-fold to those who forsake all, He was expounding the need of self-sacrifice as the law of the Kingdom for Himself as well as for His disciples.  If we are really to abide in Christ, and to be found in Him – to have our life always and wholly in Him – we must each in our measure say with Paul, ‘I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, that I may win Christ, and be FOUND IN Him.'”

I have so much I want to say on this subject, and I’ve shared some of it here, here, and here.  Today, however, let’s hear from you.  How did the Lord speak to you through today’s chapter?  What experiences of life have you had from forsaking all for Him?  Pretty please share.

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    Ken Dawson
    May 16, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    From my reading twice this post-the thought that most prevailed is ONGOING-DAILY and even better than that–every moment.

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      R.C. Babione
      May 18, 2015 at 10:39 am

      Yeah, man. Every moment. Continual, constant. It is a continual, constant abiding. Thanks for sharing, Ken!

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    May 17, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Well, I just really love this call to not focus on our death. Though even over the past 24 hours the Lord has shown me how I desperately need to reckon to myself dead, how swiftly His grace comes (via your blog post!) to ensure that I don’t focus on my death but rather that I focus on Christ! Thank You Jesus! Amen and amen and amen. Love you guys. 🙂

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      R.C. Babione
      May 18, 2015 at 11:25 am

      Thank you, sister, for this encouragement. I don’t know how many times I start to focus on my own death, what I’m giving up, what I’m going through, and actually forget about Who all of this is for. But His reminder is gentle. Abide in Me. Come unto me. Seek First the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. Fix your eyes on Jesus. To focus on what I’m going through, whether good or bad, is still to focus on me. Then my focus isn’t on Jesus, but on me. Praise God He gives us the focus. Praise God He is the focus! Amen! Thank you again for sharing this, Donna. We love you and all the Aussie saints!

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    christo swanepoel
    May 17, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    I saw this picture of 2 birds in the field. When one falls to the ground, the other hangs around, trying to help it, feed it, assist it… until the realization, the acceptance… the Reckoning comes that this bird is dead..it simply gets up and fly away.. I continually find myself trying again to make the good things alive.. until I reckon this old man dead. again.

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      R.C. Babione
      May 18, 2015 at 11:27 am

      Wow, great picture, Christo. All that’s left to do is fly away. Again. Thanks for sharing!

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