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July 10, 2017, 5:00 AM

What does it mean to live a life without abandon for Christ?


In Him, we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1:11

 

We will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is Christ. From him the whole body, joined together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. Ephesians 4:15-16

 

Sometimes it seems like the only way to show Christ’s transforming love in our lives is to sell everything we own and move to another country to share the good news of the Gospel. To some this probably doesn’t sound very attractive.  The thought of abandoning everything for Christ is scary to us all.  It doesn’t come natural to me either.  You see I’m a planner, and I can get so caught up in my own headstrong plan that I often have to force myself to stop and back up, and ask myself “what does God desire for me?”  What if God really could come to me in the middle of my perfectly organized life and bring me to my knees for His righteousness?

 

It seems harder to transform my own life, my here and my now, to one that is Christ-centered than traveling thousands of miles to sit with strangers. This is because the life I’ve lived thus far isn’t my ending in God’s story.  I have the freedom through Christ to be transformed.  In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul takes a striking stance that as Christians we are part of God’s plan, and that each of us is predestined to do the work for which Christ leads us. Not because any of us are perfect or Christ-like but because we have so freely received the redemptive power of grace. And once we have received that grace, we become stronger in our faith. Joining together with fellow believers, each person has an assignment from the Lord to share their story of his grace in their lives.

 

God continues to teach me that He has perfectly placed me where He wants me, in this life, and in these situations to be a reflection of Jesus Christ.  He reminds us that our work, as part of the entire body of believers wholly joined together with Christ as our head, is important. He leads us to push outside of what is comfortable, to live a life that is without abandon for God. What does it mean to live a life without abandon for Christ? How do we push ourselves out of our comfortable homes and lifestyles in order to live a daring life, wild and free in sharing God’s message of hope?

 

This is my Prayer: Father God, I thank you for choosing me, for giving me grace that I did not deserve.  Lord I pray that I live a life worthy of the mission You have orchestrated for me, right here and now.  Jesus give me the strength to live boldly in Your Word and to serve Your Kingdom humbly. In Your names, Jesus. Amen.


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