100 TIMES MORE
A smallish boy once said rather sharply to his primary school teacher who complimented him on his hand-writing. “I’m a hundred times more than that!’ And so He was. So are we all! But not if we are living from the law. When Christ is our life we have infinite potential.
God is not defined by antipathy to sin. He is not defined by law and neither is He defined only by a love of justice. Thankfully He is not defined by religion or church – which could make Him either boring or an institution. Love comes closer to encompassing the essence of God. Certainly God is love, yet even this is not sufficient. God is defined by Jesus His Son. While any of these things may be concerns of God He is not defined by any of them. They are not His identity. God is Himself. He is I AM.
And who is Jesus? Jesus is the Son of God. To see Him is to know our Father.
Who are you? You are the sons and daughters of God, created by God, redeemed by God and in the process of growing into mature sons and daughters of God. Like our Father we are not defined by our parts. We are more than the sum of the things we are and do. We are who we are. We are versions of our Father. We are ‘I am Margaret, I am Joelle, I am Steven.’ We are the sons of God and made to develop into this fullness. We are ‘I AM’ in our own ways.
There is nothing as sad as a person who seeks self-worth in winning the approval of others through work. Particularly when we belong. In Jesus we are drawn into the God Family. You are worth so much Jesus not only died for you. He lives for you!
Really good films highlight the glory of human beings. Many of them do not know that humans are embodied spirits made in the image of God. Yet they cannot help but reveal this glory.
Jesus is not the sum of the best that humans can be. He is the expression of Himself. He is I AM. When we are at our best we offer a facet of who He is. People behold His glory in us and we too shine with the glory of a son/daughter of God. We have glory by creation, redemption and indwelling. Christ in us is both the hope and the present reality of living as sons and daughters of God.
‘To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory’ Col 1.27 NIV.
Jesus had very little to say about sin. Neither did He make a lot of the devil even when challenged. There’s a reason for this. Life is not found in negativity or an attempt to overcome error and death. Life is found in life itself. Life is a Him. Life is Jesus, our Father and the Spirit. Life is us in them! He who has the Son has life. All that is un-life is overcome and driven out by life to the full. There is no life in the negativity of Islam and neither is life found in sin-mongerng and the law.
‘The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full’ John 10.10 NIV.
So if you become a Believer this is more than adopting a bunch of beliefs. If you have wandered away from God and returned it’s not the same as it was 15 years ago. God has been revealing Himself to the church. Things old and new have been brought out of His treasure bag. Father Christmas has given gifts and announced the end of winter. And more. People are learning to forsake the consumption of religion as product and receive Christ personally as their life as Paul urged. They are living as their true selves as sons of God.
‘When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory’ Col 3.4 NIV.
This is why Jesus is the new and living way. He is the way of life that came in to the world. He is the resurrection and the life. He is the life-giving Spirit and He is the Spirit of Sonship in person. In Christ you are a son/daughter, legally, relationally and in the spirit. ‘Spirit’ is not just in a ‘good attitude.’ It is being indwelt by the Spirit of God, the spirit of life and the spirit of you! You are who you are in Christ. We all are!
‘The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father’ Rom 8.15 NIV.