Years ago, I was privileged to counsel a 15 year old teen. Several sessions into our counseling, I challenged him to begin living by faith by depending on Jesus Christ to live through him. I asked if he was willing. He ruefully said, “What is that going to look like?” I smiled telling him I did not know except that it would probably look different than what he was experiencing.
A week later, he sauntered into my office and we began to discuss how his week had been. I asked him if he had been asking Christ to live through him and if so, if he had noticed any difference. He put his hand on his chin to think, then he shared the main difference was that he felt more peace. I’ve heard that a lot through the years. A lot of people would eagerly pony up thousands of dollars to experience more peace.
One of the Gospel truths we joyfully convey at Grace Life International is that not relying on Christ to live through us is the number one reason we struggle. Why? Because Jesus said, “Yes, I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in me and I in him shall produce a large crop of fruit. For apart from me you can’t do a thing.” TLB When He is living through us there is fruit, which includes, but is not limited to, the fruit of the Spirit. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23 ESV
Does that mean we will always experience love, joy, peace, etc., in our emotions? I wish it were so, but that’s not realistic. We don’t always live this way and even when we do, God intends for us to live by faith and not by feelings.
So, how do we know Christ is living through us if we can’t feel the flow of His life pulsing through us? We ask Him to live through us and then live our daily lives believing He is doing so, until He informs us otherwise. That’s called living by faith.
One person became upset when they began living by faith in asking Jesus to live through them when they experienced all hell breaking loose around them. Instead of realizing our common enemy in his attempts to bring resistance to our living by faith, they wrongly concluded that asking Christ to live through them didn’t work and they ceased… for a while. Later they resumed and were encouraged.
Are you depending on Jesus Christ to live through you today? If not, start right now and live by faith. Life may get harder or easier. You may experience more or less peace. Regardless, persevere and keep living by faith for “…without faith it is impossible to please God…” Hebrews 11:6 NIV
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