Friday, March 11, 2016

“What? Who!”

  "What?  Who!"   
   Life first involves a "Who?" rather than a "What?".

   "To live is Christ… "This is life eternal, that they might know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, who Thou hast sent" (Philippians 1:21; John 17:3).

    Many happenings, circumstances, situations, and conditions present themselves along the pathways of our lives.  The effect is real and influential, and we must deal with the blessings, challenges, and mundane events as they come to us.  "What has happened, what is happening, and what will happen?" constitute valid inquiries for those who seek to rightly and successfully navigate life's journey.  However, for born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, the first question involves the personal rather than the practical - "Who?"

   Asking the question and then receiving the correct answer provides the basis and power for truly living our lives.  As we often suggest, we are either living and waiting to be glorified, or we are merely existing and waiting to die.  The Lord Jesus determines whether we travel the narrow way of vibrant life, or the broad way of meager existence.  "Who has happened, Who is happening, and Who will happen?"  As the Savior, walking on the waves, announced to disciples frightened by a tempestuous wind at sea, "It is I.  Be not afraid" (John 6:20).  The gales were real and consequential.  They nevertheless deferred to the Christ of whom His followers rightly declared, "Even the winds and the sea obey Him!" (Matthew 8:27).  "Who?"

    We "live and move and have our being" in the Christ who made us, sustains us, and gives eternal life to all who trust Him (Acts 17:28).  We need not merely exist by wrongly considering that life primarily involves happenings, circumstances, situations, and conditions.  No, to live is Christ, that is, to realize that life is first and foremost personal.  We live with Somebody, the Somebody who is our life.  This is the harbor from which we set forth.  This is the One who walks upon the calm or roiled seas of our lives.  And this is the Lord to whom we journey, and with whom we journey.  "What?  Who!"

"He is thy life."
(Deuteronomy 30:20)

Weekly Memory Verse
    His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.
(II Peter 1:3)

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