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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Complete Submission

I am beginning to find that in the very few moments that i am able to be focused solely on Christ my wants and desires become nothing more than pesky irritants that nag on my focus.  In these few moments of focused meditation on Christ i find not bliss, for this is ignorance, but i find pure joy.Joy in the understanding that "man shall not live on bread alone but from every word that proceeds from the mouth of God." (Matt 4:4)  The life that Christ offers is far more satisfying than that the world does.  Often times it is portrayed like Christians do not understand this.  It seems as if ministers spend an unnecessary amount of time explaining how much better Christ's life is as opposed to the worlds.  I beg to differ.  It is not that Christians do not understand the superior quality of life in Christ it is that the initial value of the World's life seems more appealing.  The human mind was not designed to understand things regarding eternity, it is only capable of thinking in finite terms.  This is why when presented the option of Christ's way of life and the Worlds the human mind would much rather choose the one that it can comprehend.  The tangible.  The key to maintaining life in Christ is not found anywhere else then Christ Himself.  "Be still and know that I am God."  This act of stillness is not just for the purpose of peace.  It is to allow God to work inside of us without us-the flesh- getting in the way.  All throughout the new testament a major theme that Paul writes about is complete denial of himself.  He was very clear on the fact that there "(was) nothing good that dwell(ed) inside of him.  It was the idea of losings oneself in the act of gaining Christ.  This idea has hit home for me in a very practical way this past month.  In English class we are studying Shakespear's Macbeth.  At the end of the unit we were required to act out a specified scene.  So, in the process of learning how to act out these scenes i realized a simple,yet profound ,truth:  In order to fill the part of the character the actor (myself) must completely let go of himself and the will to maintain who he once was.  In those few minutes of acting the actor is no longer himself.  Rather, he is conformed to the character he completely submits to;  It is a complete surrender of ones personal will in order to fill a bigger purpose.  In this case the bigger purpose being the play as a whole.  This is how life in Christ works.  A complete surrender of ourselves in order for the bigger purpose ( God's will) to be filled.  "If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; the old is gone and the new has come!"  Thanks be to God who gives us a new beginning because of His grace and His grace alone.

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