Really Living …I Mean Really Living

Thomas à Kempis

Thomas à Kempis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“He that followeth me shall not walk in darkness,” saith the Lord. These are the words of Christ; and they teach us how far we must imitate His life and character, if we seek true illumination, and deliverance from all blindness of heart. Let it be our most earnest study, therefore, to dwell upon the life of Jesus Christ. ~ Thomas à Kempis

I was reminded yesterday of how often I have the opportunity to stand in Paul’s sandals and declare with him our faith’s prime directive, “For me to live is Christ…”

…and how often I sour this message with worldly substitutions. Such as…

“For me to live is football, and for my team to win is gain.”

“For me to live is hunting, and a trophy buck is gain.”

“For me to live is my bank account, and many healthy deposits are gain.”

It’s not as if Paul had nothing to forfeit to experience this new life in Christ. He gave up much. It’s the category that he resigned all of his past life to that drives a piercing awl through my conscience.

“For me to live is Christ… everything this cost me I consider dung.”

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Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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5 Responses to Really Living …I Mean Really Living

  1. Wow! Thanks for such a strong challenge this morning. That verse will have more impact in the future.

  2. For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain, Amen! I, too, have substituted other words in there. Thank you for helping me see that. Thank you for shining the light into a dark place, that I may walk fully in the light of the Lord Jesus.

    (Thank you for linking to my blog post.)

    • mtsweat says:

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing a word good friend. The hat story is excellent, and convicting. I think in aligning post for post, when we truly learn that to live is Christ, we will reflect that life always toward others. Blessings…

  3. ccragamuffin says:

    Thank you for the recap. It causes me to ponder…for me to live is Christ…then I am living His life. Scripture often frames my life in Him in terms of my death with His life. His life. A life of service. A life of love. A life of suffering. A life of being misunderstood…even vilified. Embracing the cross. Much still needs to be crucified in me. Sigh.

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