Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Whose Life Is It Anyway?
“Have you asked Jesus into your life?”
Most of us who consider ourselves Christians would probably refer to the day we asked Jesus into our lives as the beginning of our journey with Christ. However, if you look throughout the New Testament you won’t find anyone ever doing such a thing.
The Gospel most of us heard was that we need to pray a prayer so that when we die we can go to Heaven. That’s also not part of the actual Gospel that Jesus or the Disciples preached.
Instead what we find is Jesus inviting us to come into His life. He says that our lives need to be surrendered, given up, let go so that we can embrace His life.
In fact, every time Jesus refers to our life he does so to emphasize how we should lay it down or die to ourselves. He never asks us to let him into our empty, broken, screwed up lives. He just asks us to realize that it’s not worth holding on to so we can see that real, true life is found only in Him.
Just look at what Jesus says about the difference between our life and His Life:
“For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” - Matthew 16:25
“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.” – Luke 14:26
“I am the bread of life.” – John 6:48
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever.” – John 6:51
“But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” – John 20:31
“You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.” – John 5:39-40
“For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will.” – John 5:21
And the Apostle John says this about Jesus: “In him [Jesus] was life, and the life was the light of men.” – John 1:4
So, according to Jesus, what we should do is to abandon our life – our whole life – and come into the real, true, eternal life that He offers us right here and now.
“On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” – John 7:37
Have you asked Jesus to let you into His life? There’s a huge difference between Jesus tagging along with you while you live your life and letting go of your life to fully embrace the astounding, incredible life of Jesus, the Messiah.
Remember: God is not your co-pilot. He’s either the pilot or you’re on the wrong plane.