There are many moving parts to the Christian life – Sunday gatherings, house church, missions outreach, community get-togethers. They are not ends in themselves. All are built around one thing, Jesus. He’s why we do what we do. He alone is our source and our supply. What we must be vigilant of is not allowing all the good things to become the main thing. If we lose Jesus amidst the good things, the things become nothings. This week’s devos are built around the power of the right one thing. “For to me, to live is Christ.” You’ll notice each devo has the exact same title and reference verse. I wrote this way on purpose. The content is different, but the point is the same. Jesus is our one thing. It’s my prayer Jesus will become, and continue to be, your one thing.
"For to me, to live is Christ . . ." Philippians 1:21
Our cities are filled with material goods, financial districts, and beautiful neighborhoods. Anything the heart desires can be found in a store or online. Indeed, our world has everything to offer but meaning.
Many today are stressed and strained by the luxuries of life. Someone once said, "I have a good life but nothing to live for." How tragic – everything to live with, but nothing to live for. Sooner or later the events of life back everyone into a corner, and demand a reason for living.
The inescapable question is "for to me to live is _______. What? We are living in a time where success has outstripped our search for meaning. Although we possess access to great storehouses of knowledge, never have we possessed so much and yet, are more confused and unable to make sense out of life.
Paul had a relationship with the Lord Jesus. His faith made sense out of nonsense. In Jesus we find that the new life of the Spirit can revive the life of anyone, no matter your past, and regardless of the opinion of others. When the forgiving love of God is transmitted to us, it comes to life in our body, spirit, and soul.
Whenever self is put to death and is conquered by the life of the living God, who came down to our human level in Christ, so now anyone can be delivered from the world. Jesus can be made in anyone willing and bold enough to believe it.
For to me to live is ______? We cannot escape this question. It calls for a reason that's inexhaustible and never finished. It's easy enough to give lip service to the impotence of the right one thing while resting in what's good enough, or what we can get by with.
The unflinching reality is "for to me to live is _______," continues to demand a satisfying answer from us, it will not go away until we've found our one true thing.
Is your relationship to Jesus vital to your way of living?