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For Us!

8.10.2022


I’ve never been one to work on cars, but since I bought a Jeep I’ve got into it.  I’ve added lights and a winch and changed out a drive shaft.  But, even though I have got into mechanical work, I know my limits and recently I paid a shop to fix an issue.  It was nice to just trust someone and enjoy the Jeep after it was fixed.


We are looking at the major difference between living FOR Christ and living IN Christ.  What seems like a minor case of semantics is really a key Biblical concept.


Most would agree we didn’t earn our salvation, but many feel as though they must work after receiving that salvation.  For some, there is belief salvation could be lost if not worked for.  Others believe they won’t lose salvation but their relationship with God would be impacted by a lack of effort living FOR Christ.  For so many, what was free to receive isn’t free to keep unless you live FOR Christ.


Imagine the shock and offense of the people who worked on my Jeep if I showed up to pick it up with tools.  Instead of getting the key, I start taking it apart to do some work myself first.  How crazy, but that is often our response to the grace of salvation.


What we must understand is that what Jesus did was complete.  He not only saved us, but also gave us rest;


“Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said: “So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest,’ ” although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.” Hebrews‬ ‭4:1-3, 9-11‬ ‭


So, we are saved by grace and that grace allows us to enter into His rest.   But, what does that mean exactly?  I believe that means our faith and hope is in Christ alone.  It means we live IN Him and not FOR Him.  We don’t live to please Him or earn His favor- no we live IN Christ because we already have that favor and our faith in Christ is what really pleases God;


“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews‬ ‭11:6‬


Tomorrow, we will explore what the big deal of IN is.


Prayer focus: School admin- at local school level, district level, and state level.

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