CHRIST IN YOU
CHRIST IN YOU
In today’s world it only takes one generation to change a society. My parents both served in the armed forces during World War II. Practically everyone in the country did something above and beyond what normal living should have been. When it was all over there seemed to be a spirit of “It’s all fixed now, we can just take it easy and prosper.” “The American Dream” took the forefront. Things were always going to get better and better. Because we were Americans and we had helped to win the war we were the “good guys”. And so we took off!
In the joy of peace we forgot the Prince of Peace. We thought it was our military might and bravery that won the war. We thought that our ingenuity and intellect made us better than our enemies. Psalm 127:1 says this: “Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain.” I believe that The United States was nationally and individually aware that if the God of the Bible had not intervened on our behalf that the outcome of that war would not have been the same. Having accepted the blessings of the God of the Bible and received the victory that He brought about for us, we then began to glorify our society. We exalted capitalism and democracy. Capitalism fostered by godliness is good. But capitalism in itself is not an altruistic spirit. Even today we exalt fame and fortune as the determining factor as to if one is successful or not. Character and morality are seldom considered in our estimation of a person’s worth to our society. We exalt fame and money and influence(control). Rarely is humility considered an attribute. Self confidence is considered a necessary ingredient to success. In the end, money and fame still are the must have things.
How different is the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus said, “If you want to follow me, you must deny yourself and take up your cross.” “Take up your cross” means to die to yourself. You will never make it to the top of the heep in this world with that attitude. “Deny yourself” means you have to consider the welfare of others above your own. Our American society, though originally founded on these principles, has all but rejected them. “Self” has become the American god. Politicians serve only their own good. Entertainers love the spotlight whether on screen or on stage or on the internet. It seems that even “the church” has fallen for the entertainment strategy and has given over to creating “gods” of preachers and “musicians” and TV evangelists and other religious endeavors. Do not be fooled by any false humility. There is great competition in the religious world. In Luke 18:8 Jesus makes this startling statement. “Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” It behooves all who call themselves Christians to look into the mirror of the Word of God to see just who they really are. The Word of God is a mirror, not a law. May we in true humility look into the Word and see who we are. If we look into the Word and see ourselves as a sinner (which we are all born as), then let us by the Spirit confess our sins and confess Jesus as Lord. But, if we look into the Word and see ourself as a “new creation in Christ” (I no longer live, but Christ lives in me, my hope of glory), then let us live and do the works which He has ordained that we should. Paul the apostle says in Galation 6:15, “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision not uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation.” The Word will convince you of one or the other.
Once you settle the question, then let Jesus begin His work in you.