In the late 1980s I read some words in a book entitled Discovering Jesus that confirmed the change that was happening in my life. Due to a severe jolt to my psyche I had been examining my past life and my present Christianity. What I found was that generic godliness had not served me well - even if I had been attempting to serve others and what I had thought was the Lord from this position. What I needed was a personal and real relationship with Jesus - not just an immersion in the Christian Industry.
Surprisingly or maybe not, I found that some Believers were embarrassed at a personal Jesus. Others preferred to talk in constructs such as the ‘redemptive event.’ Many others, in large numbers, I have to say, were the occupants of a churched life, somewhat like the elephant rides I could take with my aunt at the Zoo when I was a small boy. You took your place in this cumbersome saddle arrangement and did as circuit on this wrinkly and ungainly beast . Others were the adherents of a cause. Some were the expression of an ideology. Others, by far the smallest in number, had a passion for Jesus. It was in my own emergence from the carapace of religion that I came across these words but Gordon Moyes, ‘Christianity is not a religion. It is a person.’
It is an unfortunate truth that many Believers have their belief in the wrong place. Having a faith is not a relationship with Jesus. It is a connection to an entity. Here one is an adherent. One is an abstraction and the other is a person who is spirit and life. A life of active participation in Jesus’ stuff is not a relationship with Jesus, although many assume it is. As result they live like ghosts of themselves rather than in their authoritative reality as sons and daughters of God.
People drift in and out of churches like tides each week without any real knowledge of what it means for Christ to be our life. It’s like being an ‘m’ in an alphabet soup. Willing souls can wanting to make a contribution can get a job at the sound desk, yet have no knowledge of a personal Jesus, much less union with Him through life in the Spirit. Yet we persist in a kind of Christianity that is an industry with little comprehension of the experience of Christ our life and the His building of His Kingdom as He expresses Himself in us and those who have embraced a personal Jesus.
The expression of the self in the image of God grows from within. Never from some external description or ethical list. The mystery of Godliness and infinite life is Christ in you.
Christianity may not be the Kingdom of God. Because Christianity is not a religion, an ideology or the knowledge of good and evil writ large with Jesus help. The Kingdom is not Christianity. But it is Christ come in our flesh. When our being is rooted in Father, Son and Holy Spirit we are not only established in the essence of personhood. We are rooted and sustained in personhood that is God. Here at one with our Father we are formed and nourished as the persons we were made to be. We are alive in the Spirit of Sonship as members of the family of God equipped with new creation spirit and life to be ourselves and to draw others to this fountain of living water.
Your life in God is something like the TARDIS. It’s bigger on the inside than the outside. You can ignore this life or agree and embrace it.
‘There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures’ Julius Caesar. Act 4, Scene 3.
Jesus is not just a person. Incarnated in you by the Spirit of Sonship He is your life and living link with our Father. In the Spirit He is expressed in you and His new and living way - His personal being is manifest as your life. Once you decide for Him He is never somewhere else. God lives in you and you live in God. Your soul has peace because of god and your spirit is alive because it has been connected to the Spirit of God. Nothing, not law, not religion and not service can ever compare or be a substitute for the glory of Christ in you. You are always more than you are because Christ is your life!