In the last two months we have talked about the Simple Gift and the Greatest Gift, recognizing the Living Gift of Christ, compels us live out that gift.
Job confesses, and we should acknowledge, “25 For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth.” Job 19:25
He is the Living Gift! How shall we live the gift? 4 “the righteous shall live by his faith.” Habakkuk 2:4
Because Christ lives, so we should live for him. Paul makes his appeal to the believers.
12 I appeal to you therefore, brothers,[a] by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.[b] 2 Do not be conformed to this world,[c]but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.[d] Romans 12:1-2
How is this type of sacrifice possible?
20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20
This type of personal sacrificial living also has an impact on the community of faith and the community at large.
21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, Philippians 1: 21-26
Paul shares with boldness…live for Christ, if we die, dying allows us to be with Christ, living in this moment should not be buying time, but a fruitful investment of our lives. Paul confesses it can be hard to choose, although we may not be ready to die, few would argue to be with Christ would be disappointing. Paul, shares that it is more necessary to remain, in a fruitful way for progress in the body and the joy of community.
Our Redeemer Lives!! Jesus is the Living Gift, the new life we are given in Christ is the Gift that we should be living each day! God bless you as we start 2019. May we be people who are Living the Gift because of the Living Gift. God Bless You in the year to come.