Among my family's collection of videos is a movie titled, Green Card. The plot is about an American woman and a French man who get married - technically - so that he can get a green card (American citizenship) and she can get into an apartment that only allows married couples. The plan is that once they have secured their goals they will get divorced. In one scene, the woman makes a comment about how glad she will be to get all this mess over with so that her life can get back to normal - and she asks,
"And what about you?"
"Me?", he replies in a subdued voice, "I'm waiting for my life to begin."
I understand the feeling of annoyance and the sense of bother when my life seems to have been put on hold. I know what it is to live in the anticipation of finally getting my life back to the way it was. I wonder how I forget so easily that my life BEGAN in Christ, and not that it got put on hold?
Before faith, we were waiting for our life to begin. Oh, we were walking around PRETENDING to be alive, but it was, in reality, a walking death. You know, "Dead man walking!" The reason we begin to think that too much grace might cause us to become lax is when we use the old fleshly activity of that walking death as the standard by which we measure production. We will always end up being disappointed with God's work when we compare it to the works of the flesh because there is a pretty doggoned convincing illusion that at least SOMETHING is happening when we get busy and just do it.
We became truly alive in Christ for the very first time. But you know what happens? The illusion of appearance has told us again and again that nothing is happening. The religious mind has interpreted that to mean that to be too heavenly minded makes us of no earthly good. But we were not brought into religion, we were brought into LIFE. On top of it all, our confusion has become compounded. For as we become afraid of resting in the miraculous working of Christ we then turn to the LIFELESS activity of that same religious mindset in hopes of producing some fruit of the Spirit. But it never satisfies us, does it?
Your life is NOT on hold in Christ, it BEGAN in Him. Don't compare it to what you knew in the flesh, simply live as one who has been raised from the dead with Christ. This is your deliverance from your former lifeless existence. Live as one who is ALIVE, and refuse to judge your life by the thing you grew up thinking of as life. We have been given a NEW definition of life - which is the only TRUE definition of life - and it is Christ Himself.
as He is, so also are we in this world. 1 John 4:17