Knowing Jesus as my power life

8 11 2019

The Apostle Paul has been my inspiration in the desire to know Jesus. His admission that he counted all things as loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ indicates to me that this was His highest ambition. (Phil. 3:8 NKJV). I want to follow in his lead. 

For Paul, and us, the basis of our knowledge of Jesus starts with the fact that we share the same life (Gal. 2:20; Eph. 5:30). Jesus and I share the same body, the same heart, and the same mind. We are one just as He prayed (Jn.17:21). That means whatever I am experiencing He is as well and vice versa. Getting to know Him is in how I see myself in the face of life’s challenges. I am not Jesus, but He is living as me. I must accept the truth that He is my life, I have no other. There is no “I am imperfect He is perfect”, no “I am flesh, He is spirit”. If I think I have a separate life from Him I am living in a lie. Christ is all there is. 

One of the ways that I can experience Jesus and get to know Him more deeply is to know the power He demonstrates through my life. Paul called it the power of His resurrection (Phil. 3:10). This is not some future event but a present tense experience. It means we now live with Him in a constant state of rising out of death. It is an overcoming life, a life that functions by a new law of freedom over the opposing forces of sin and death (Rom.8:2).

    Just as Jesus carried us through the death on the cross and then            brought us out of the tomb with Himself He does the same today.

I get to know Jesus when I realize I how weak and frail I am, yet He is there carrying me all the way through. Just as Jesus carried us through the death on the cross and then brought us out of the tomb with Himself He does the same today (Rom.6:8,11). Jesus endured the greatest of human indignities to bring about the greatest goodness for humanity and it is the same in the present. How will I know Him any better than to see Him in all that I am experiencing. It is Jesus when I am able to handle a problem, a health crisis, a fear. If I succeed at something, or fail, it is Jesus. The power of His resurrection is the ability to live with peace, counting everything as joy (Jms. 1:2). It is the ability to give thanks for all things because I know that He is handling everything that comes my way. He is bearing me up, carrying me in Himself, one of the qualities of His love (1 Cor. 13: 7)

It isn’t Jesus “helping” me get through these things. It’s actually Him doing these things through me. I am not trusting Him to do it for me, I am trusting that He is doing them as me. He is making all things good through all my failings and my weaknesses. He is arising out of what looks like the end, death, the impossible. I am getting to know Him as I fully engage with Him in this power.

It isn’t Jesus “helping” me get through these things. It’s actually Him     doing these things through me.

He is working in ways that I cannot see but that is what it means to live by faith. My attitude is not, “Jesus change this situation I am in” but, “Jesus, I know that you are handling this situation through me”. Faith says, “I know that you will turn this situation into life, into some goodness”. “I know that you will glorify yourself in this”. Just as Paul realized, Jesus was working through his weaknesses. Paul’s “thorn” was Christ’s opportunity to manifest Himself. That is the resurrection power life in action (2 Cor. 12:9,10).

I want to know Jesus deeply. To do that I must be willing to see Him in every circumstance of my life working through me to swallow up death with life. I invite you to experience the “power life” with me.

Dennis D 11/8/19


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