We denied Him, but somehow we came to believe IN Him. We hated Him, but somehow we came to love Him. And then somebody told us that we needed to devote ourselves to Him … and it created a conflict within us. For by His miraculous work in Christ God had ALREADY devoted us to Himself. Though we may not have been able to say it in so many words STILL the miracle of Christ was known within us. And here we were, being told that we were NOT devoted to Him.
there is no advice in this world – even if it comes from a Bible verse or a preacher’s sermon – that can produce God’s work within you. Oh, it might make you appear more spiritually productive, but the working of God doesn’t come from the practical side of the grave … but from the living side that has risen past it. When I tell you that Christ is your life, I’m telling you about the one and only present-tense reality that causes you to live as one who is truly alive in this world. source