My apathetic heart is the one I want to gouge out; the apathetic eye, the hand, foot, etc. Why am I speaking this way? It is because it is my fight, my war, and the wrestling’s of my everyday battle! Jesus talked this way (Matt. 18:9) about me and he wants me to take it to heart. While he was not advocating for self-mutilation (according to Deut. 14:1) nor advocating for the life of the demoniac (Mark 5:1); He does advocate that we are alive unto himself. Romans 6:11 states “…count yourself dead to sin but alive to Christ Jesus.”
If the members of my body are alive and have their movement and passion in Christ, then what holiness we have in the power of a crucified life (continually crucified)! On one hand, spiritually undiscerning people—or unbelievers—will find this morbid and detestable language. Rather for those that found life, it is a mode of thinking and doing that brings you into the fullness of knowing God and being clothed in the righteousness purchased for us in Him.
I don’t like riddles or ambiguity so I will try to be concise and clear. The “ambiguic” people (made up word) and riddles are simply distractions for finding truth! The world, the devil, and philosophies will seek to lose you in their distortions, however; the Bible wants you to find the truth. It’s Christ. The Word is simply a disappointment without him: a climax without resolution.
All that said to mean this: thinking this way about ourselves creates a disciplined life that perseveres in the power of God who dwells within the believer. If God dwells in us, what power we have to do His will. If we could apprehend and understand—even greatly appreciate—the greatness of God, we would let the flesh and it’s desires slip from our grasp. It is one of the very reasons that seeing God is so dangerous: none can look upon him and live (Exodus 33:20). That is why looking upon Christ, finding your members at work for him; it’s all crucially important! Looking unto Christ is where you both find death and life.
Just as I recently heard R.C. Sproul say “Many believers find themselves wishing they had lived in the first century with Jesus and disregard/disbelieve his statement from John 16:7 “It is for your benefit that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.”” How profound! How many of us really believe that we are better off that the physical presence of Jesus isn’t here with us? Maybe we should learn to take our Savior at his words…. This has been a challenge to me and a realization of power of the Spirit within.
Positive thinking people can do awesome things, visionary fervor does wonders, and zealous people, societies and philosophies can accomplish great feats…and epic tragedies! (Gen. 11:6 talks of the tower of Babel “…nothing that they propose to do will be impossible for them.”) However, are you on the side of the Confounder (Gen. 11:7) or the confounded people? Do you stare death in the face (the cross) and receive life? Then continually look into the face of Christ and see your life as a crucified one. Ecclesiastes 9:10 “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might….” And, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” (Matt. 22:37)
The King of kings is alive and well, His Kingdom is now. And, if we are in him, then life on earth is only a beginning into an eternity of life! Frequently encountering this truth will warrant you a humble dignity; to be hidden in Christ, because you know it is God who saves and is at work within his sons and daughters. Walking in humility is not flagellation of the physical body; it is the mortification of sin, the exaltation of Christ, and the dignity of an eternal life of rule with with Him.
Food for thought: 1Corinthians 6:3 “ Do you not know that we will judge angels?…” The enemy is wise to keep believers from believing the power of God at work in them, he is treacherous enough to keep you in bondage to the power of self-exaltation, but he fears those that will stand and say: “Blessed be the name of the Lord!”