Have you ever felt the tension of living life on earth as a Christian?
Maybe you’ve asked yourself what your view of possessions is supposed to be now that you have received Christ?
Galatians 6:14 But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
In this passage of Holy Scripture, Paul is stating how he views the world around him.
4. I am Crucified to the world
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.
And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
When you come to Christ you take on His life and you also take on His death. Christ was crucified and so were you.
5. Dead man walking
Paul wants you to remember that you are a dead man walking on this earth.
You have been crucified. You don’t live anymore and yet you are more alive then you’ve ever been. And that’s because Christ lives in you.
6. Redemption through death
Death is not generally thought of as beautiful but there is one death that is beautiful and that is the death of Jesus.
In Jesus’ death and resurrection, we can see He has the power to defeat death.
We live in this earth as if it is dead, but we live knowing that Jesus is doing a redemptive work in it as well.
Take a look at how Paul explains it in Romans 8:22-24 and how John describes it in Revelation 21:1
We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but
we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption
of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth…”
Paul and John show us that redemption is coming. Our world and our bodies are eagerly waiting for the redeeming power of Jesus to take its full effect.
7. From rags to riches
So how do you live with this tension?
There should be a Holy-Indifference in our hearts towards the things of this world.
This Holy-Indifference is there because you are dead to this world and you have seen and experienced true life. Everything else is rags compared to the riches of His glory. When the glory of Jesus shines on the treasures of this world you soon realize their true value.
Living with a Holy-Indifference means, that yes you have to have certain things to live. But those things don’t have you.
If you have them, good. If you don’t, life goes on because it is found in Jesus.
*this is part 2 of a two-part post – Check out this first post here*
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