Monday, February 27, 2017

An Original Production

Teaching that persuades us to become preoccupied with the fruit, benefit and look of knowing God—“Here’s how to be nicer, feel better, and look like Jesus”—but not with the reality must be avoided. There are those who will demand exceptions for “holding people accountable,” and for prescribing avenues for better behavior, better marriages and better results, but transformed lives come by looking at and considering the cross, resurrection and person of Jesus Christ—knowing Him—not from the attempt to impersonate Him.

The Christian life cannot be summed up as the attempt to “be like Jesus.” Not only is that the same lie with which Satan lured and stole the pleasure and benefit of knowing God from Adam and Eve in the Garden, but it has the same ruinous effect today.

The life of “Christ in you” is truly Jesus, and recognizing Him in you is the greatest thrill there is. That knowledge results in the pleasure of opening your behavior to Him and what He wants to do as He furthers your experience of His grace and love for you and others. You and I are His workmanship, and that’s the plan because that’s life.

(P.S. The above embodies what my next book is all about.)

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