23 May 2004

Following Christ Wholeheartedly?

Submitted by theshovel
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You speak emphatically about how we are not under the law - we live in freedom and liberty in Christ. A beautiful message, indeed. But while we shouldn't live by dos and dont's, are we still not to follow Christ wholeheartedly, which can mean doing away with many things in our lives that would distract or cloud the realization of our reality in Christ?

If Christ is our life, then to follow him wholeheartedly is the only living reality before us. Many things will be done away with that are seen to be standing in the way of true life. I can attest to this in my own life. Somehow, though, I suspect you also realize that law has found its way into our consciousness as to the meaning of "wholeheartedly" so that we are often caught between its reality and the imposition of a concept. After all, since "wholehearted" is to be true to myself would it be correct to also call the attempt to be true to another's perception of me (or of my path) as being wholehearted? But we do.

The truth of Christ is the truth of real life, for his life makes us whole. To wholeheartedly follow Christ is to wholeheartedly follow the life that is within us ... for that life is Christ. But do you think our spiritual leaders actually trust us to truly live in such wholeheartedness, or to even know what it is that we're supposed to be doing or thinking or following? Furthermore, intimidated by such an elementary perception (for this is the very wisdom of the world) do we really trust ourselves to live wholeheartedly ... or have we mostly defaulted to another's demand?

Fortunately, God does not abandon us even in the midst of our attempts to carry out someone else's perceptions, for his life in us keeps making another insistence from another place. That insistence waits for true validation, which is found in Christ, which we hear proclaimed in the true good news of miraculous life from the dead.

Following Christ wholeheartedly, in the religious twist of the imagination, no doubt has produced an awful lot of activity in the doing away with distractions and hindrances. What if the religiously motivated substitute for wholeheartedness IS the real distraction, the real hindrance that would distract or cloud the realization of our reality in Christ? What if you've gotten yourself into your current situations because you've been trying to juggle the religious concept of wholeheartedness with the real thing that screams out within you?

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Posted: May-23-04 by HarryTickâ„¢

Jim,

Loving it, bro!

Bill


Posted: May-23-04 by Mickey

I second that, Jim.

And hey........that's a great haircut you've got!

Love, Mickey


Posted: May-23-04 by guest

oh so true...


Posted: May-24-04 by connie

Jim, my friend and brother......can it get any simpler?!!!! I love the good news and you, my friend, are a heralder of it! thanks for another shovelful being dug!

Love, connie


Posted: May-26-04 by kevinkim

the "doing away" of things should be compelled by love and with the power of His life in us..He shows us why some things we do arent the best for us..we obey because we understand His perception as far as the "specific activities" go

but i gotta question..how about the stumbling of others.. how does that ties into what you say as "other peoples perceptions"..

wholeheartedly following Jesus is a must..but as He does His work in us..we will always be faced with people telling us not to do this and that because by their experience "this and that" hindered their relationship with Him..

dont smoke..dont drink..dont cuss..no rock..dont etc etc. the way we as humans actually do these things is by either choking our will, which leads to failure, or letting God take over our hearts.

so than..is it ok to "stumble others"..continue in what others believe are sinful or fleshly or etc..based on the fact that God keeps making an "instinstence from another place"..that place being within..therefore we go ahead and stop considering others with our behavior to avoid being sin concsious and religious?


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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