Alan Knox has started a new chain-blog, you can find the beginning of this chain at: http://www.alanknox.net/
As we awaken to our true identity ‘in’ Christ we begin to see that our lives are far different that we could have ever imagined. Through His grace and peace we see, or begin to see that we are deeply loved, abundantly cherished, and showered with blessings upon blessing ‘in’ Christ.
The tiny word in begins to take on profound meaning when it is coupled with our true reality. We look around and see the ugliness of this age, and we cannot escape the image that it has projected upon us, guilt, shame, mistrust, separation anxiety, and judgement are ways in which we were caught up in. But this is a smokescreen, an illusion, and disservice to what is real, true, and beautiful, and this is our Life ‘in’ Christ.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing ‘IN’ Christ. For he chose us ‘IN’ him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us ‘IN’ the One he loves. ‘IN’ him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ,to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment – to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
John 17 and Us, You and Me
We are the Body of Christ are one, ‘in’ and through The One who is Love. As we allow the prayer of Jesus to marinate ‘in’ our spirit, we ‘see’ this as more than words, or even a prayer, we ‘see’ this as our reality.
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be ‘IN’ us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.
I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one -
I ‘IN’ them and you in me – so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
”Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.
”Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me.
I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be ‘IN’ them and that I myself may be ‘IN’ them.”
The Cross we Bare and Unity
Lets face it we are all different, these differences are our stumbling block if we allow them to be, or if we view them with our natural eyesight. Yet with our anointed vision we can ‘see’ one another ‘in’ Christ, and this is the building block of unity. We daily must ‘take up our cross’ and walk ‘in’ the Spirit. We ‘see’ one another ‘in’ the Love from above…’in’ Christ. We allow His Life to become our life by resting ‘in’ Him, trusting His will. His perspective, and His love to be our life. ‘In’ doing so, the false smokescreens of division vanish, and are replaced with the multiplication of unity.
The ‘one another’ references are our guide, we love, submit, forgive, serve, and treasure ‘one another’ through His Life ‘in’ us. The key you see is to treasure The Treasure we ‘see’ ‘in’ one another. To maybe phrase it another way, we lovingly submit to the Jesus we see ‘in’ one another.
Love Your Neighbor as Yourself
Expressing His love to others daily, this is becoming my life, to step back, and to treasure the checkout person who is stressed out due to her workload, and to offer her encouragement. To thank the folks that pick up the garbage each week when possible. To sow as much harmony, and love as possible in conversations that are divisive, or where there is misunderstanding. To daily lay my life down to serve my wife in her battle against cancer. In doing so, by living by His indwelling presence unity is a fruit of His love.
This morning I was contemplating how to respond to Alan’s chain-blog, our dear sister posted this, it seems to say it all.
Real relationship with Christ will overflow into real relationship with others, not because they are perfect or arrived…. but because God loves them and were called to love them too. ….♥
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