You Need a Transfusion
The heat in one of our classrooms at church has mysteriously stopped working. The only change in recent history was when I took the thermostat cover off, to look at the wiring. We were looking at moving the unit down the wall so we could center a whiteboard on the wall. Since then, the heat has not worked. The wiring seems to be loose. With a gentle nudge of the wires, sparks fly in all different directions. Power is available, but since the connection is not strong, the heater will not work properly.
In our lives, the key to success is our connection to Christ. Paul says, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). We are often frustrated with the deficiencies in our lives (i.e. no heat from the heater) while we ignore the detachment to Christ. The energy to live a significant life is available, but because of our weak connection to Christ, the power shoots out in different directions instead of being harnessed for your life. By our intentional focus on Christ, our deficiencies disappear.
The command “Be ye holy for I am holy,” is not a command for you to manufacture holiness (see Leviticus 20:7; 1 Peter 1:15-16). According to the wisdom in Galatians 2:20, you need a transfusion. By the transfusion of Christ’s nature with our nature, our inherent worldliness fades away and the righteousness of Christ shines through. So the command of holiness is not something you do, but something Christ does as He lives in you. You must be crucified with Christ. The end of your nature creates room for Christ’s nature to overtake you. The only reason the domination of Christ’s nature has not occurred within you is that the complete annihilation of our nature has not been accomplished.
“I die daily” (1 Corinthians 15:31).
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