TO LIVE IS CHRIST

27 08 2018

 

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of facilitating a graveside for a dear friend who deeply loved the Lord. He was kind-hearted and full of love for his family. The feeling was mutual. At the graveside, his grandson, son, daughter and grand nieces all spoke of how they were influenced by him to either believe or were strengthened in their faith in Christ.

When the grandson stood he cited Phil.1:21 where Paul confessed that “to live is Christ, to die is gain.” He went on to state that he believed that his grandfather was like Paul, undecided as to what was better, to go on living (as hard as it was for him to endure the pain in his body) or to be with Jesus? Obviously, to be with Jesus, as Paul admitted, is far better but the point is that either way it was all about Jesus.

To stay in the flesh means simply to let Christ be seen in our lives. We are His vessels, His branches, His temples to let the world see who He is. God cannot be seen, nor can Christ anymore as a historical person. But God says that we are now His manifestation ( 2 Cor. 4:10,11). This body of flesh is God’s showcase to reveal His likeness and image (Eph. 5:30). There is no other purpose for man’s existence than to be the expression of God. When this grandfather showed patience, compassion, and love, who was that? It was Christ. What better way to know Jesus than to see Him in each other?

When our time comes for our bodies, God’s vessels, to be “destroyed” (2 Cor. 5:1) we are transported into the full presence of Jesus in our spiritual bodies. Living in the realm of heaven, we are no longer seen in the world. We have been taught that heaven is a perfect place and is splendid beyond measure. But one thing is lacking there – people don’t have their incorruptible bodies yet. Until they/we all receive our new bodies no one can see us or God. That is why Paul thought about staying in this worldly realm a little longer so that he could reveal Christ to world a bit longer.

What a thrill to hear this man’s relatives give him praise because they saw Christ in him. We can tell people about Jesus all day long but how much better to demonstrate who He is through our humanness.

Christ is your life, you have no other life (Gal. 2:20).

Be Jesus


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