Christ is All; April 7, 2019

1 Corinthians 1:30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.

It all boils down to Christ being everything. That should be no surprise, but we are forever wanting to add stuff, to make it “Jesus and….” This is no new revelation. Even David realized that his relationship with his Creator was better, that is, more important, than physical life itself. (Psalm 63:3) We so desperately want to be able to take pride in something, to feel like we’ve had a hand in our own salvation, but it’s all by the grace of God in Christ Jesus. The more we realize that, really lay hold of it, the more our anxieties and frustrations fade away. When we’ve got Jesus we don’t really need anything else. The world and our flesh always want more: more money, more time, more pleasure, more honor, what have you. When we really grasp that Christ is everything, we just want more of Him! I am reminded of a little chorus that came out almost 50 years ago. “I want more of Jesus, more and more and more. I want more of Jesus than I ever had before. I want more of His great love, so rich and full and free. I want more of Jesus, and He wants more of me.” After my father’s death, his missionary prayer partner shared with me that he had liked that song very much, but he changed the last line a little bit: “I want more of Jesus, so I’ll give Him more of me.” It is when we realize that Christ is everything that we release everything about ourselves and our circumstances to Him, for Him to do with as pleases Him. We do have the assurance that His plans for us are good, (Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28) but we are very prone to trying to specify what that’s going to look like. We aren’t smart enough to know that! Our focus is to be on loving Him, and the obedience that comes from that.

This is very relevant to me. I have had my struggles with pride, and really understanding that He’s smart and I’m not, but this is something I’ve got to keep in focus every moment of my life. There are things that I want for myself, and things I want for those around me. I want freedom from pain and frustration for my wife, but I very selfishly want that to be in this life, so that she can continue to be with me. I want others to let go of the lies of the devil and receive the abundance that God has for them, but I can’t make them do so. I want a successor and a legacy for me, but that too is in God’s hands. All of that comes back to laying hold of Christ and letting Him be Lord in every detail. Today I’m speaking on the worship of giving our bodies to Christ, from Romans 12:1. That is inseparable from this, because when I really know that Christ is my everything, I will indeed give Him my everything.

Father, I feel like on some level I already know this well, yet on another level I don’t know it at all. Help me keep growing, opening myself up more and more to You, so that everything that disagrees with You may be washed out and I be fully available and useful to You, for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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