Living in the discipline of the Lord is not onerous. It’s not onerous because it’s not a discipline. It’s a life and its delightful. I spent much of my early years living from my Christian routine. As we all can do. I tried to pray every day. Often I forgot and muttered something perfunctory as I drove along the freeway on my way to work.
JESUS IS LORD
A friend made an interesting observation this morning. He said, ‘Lots of people speak of Jesus as the center of their lives – when He isn’t. He’s just the figure of their religion and on the periphery at that.’
It’s easy enough to have a peripheral Jesus when the law is our life. Impossible when Jesus is our life. In this we are in a state of being – of being one with God. This is not something achieved. It’s a truth that is because we believe Galatians 2.20 and John 17. Oneness with God is ours even if we do not believe it. We possess it as a state of being when we do. This is us as sons and daughters of God.
NO SPLIT BEING
We can give talks on the spirit of sonship without living as sons – for the reason that we are not in the spirit but the law.
ONENESS MAKES YOU, YOU
Once ‘Christ is our life,’ as Paul calls it, He is not peripheral to what we do. ‘He becomes us.’ This is to say we become part of His being and His life – and He of ours. Here we are absorbed into His life, not just notionally but into the over-arching order of being that Paul calls, ‘the law of the spirit of life’. But we don’t lose ourselves. We gain ourselves.
NOT A BARGAIN WITH GOD
Don’t live your life as a contract or an ongoing transaction. Since the cross His life has been ours, His relationship with Father and Holy Spirit is ours. We now live in their communion and share in its joy of living – as well as being mentored to be who we are: The daughters and sons of God.