Yesterday’s God Gold, we dug into the question that finds most of confused in our lives as followers of Christ. This question has definitely opened me up and pushed me to seek out answers in my own life, I pray the answers that I’ve found are even more of an encouragement to you than they have been for me!
The question, “How could we hope to ever have the heart of Jesus?”
Looking at all of the examples that God’s Word shows us of who Jesus is, all the qualities that He possesses and shows throughout His ministry on earth, all in the same context that we live in, temptation, resistance from our surroundings and very difficult situations. Jesus is so perfect in every single way, He handles every situation with love, peace, and grace no matter how hard the situation is.
I found that for myself, I handle these daily tough situations a lot differently. I’m not even close to who Jesus is or being able to act in His ways. So I ask, “how do we have the heart of Jesus?”
The truth is found all over God’s Word, as follower’s of Jesus being united with Him in a personal relationship, Galatians 2:20 says, “Christ lives in me.” Also, so many other places in God’s Word shows us that we are ONE with Christ, He lives in us and we live in Him. No longer is it just Jesus way up there in the Heavens and then just us all by ourselves here on earth, there is no separation. We are one with Christ and realizing that truth has answers this question in the most life-changing of ways. How could we, weak and as sinful as we are, ever to hope to have the heart of Christ? The answer is; WE ALREADY DO!!!
Which brings me to the next question I had, with that being true, I am one with Christ and He is one with me, I have Christ, His love, and the powerful characteristics of His heart in my heart, then why do I still act the way I do? Why do I still feel defeated, lost, confused and a failure so much of the time??
I found an AWESOME illustration used in the book, “Just Like Jesus,” by Max Lucado that helps us see an answer to these questions we find ourselves having.
“Part of the answer is illustrated in a story about a lady who had a small house on the seashore of Ireland at the turn of the century. She was quite wealthy but also quite frugal. The people were surprised, then, when she decided to be among the first to have electricity in her home.
Several weeks after the installation, a meter reader appeared at her door. He asked if her electricity was working well, and she assured him it was . “I’m wondering if you can explain something to me,” he said. “Your meter shows scarcely any usage. Are you using your power?”
“Certainly,” she answered. “Each evening when the sun sets, I turn on my lights just long enough to light my candles; then I turn them off.”
She tapped into the power but doesn’t use it. Her house is connected but not altered. Don’t we make the same mistake? We, too—with our souls saved but our hearts unchanged—are connected but not altered. Trusting Christ for salvation but most of the time we settle for shadows.
What would happen if we left the light on? What would happen if we not only flipped the switch but lived in the light? What changes would occur if we set about the task of dwelling in the radiance of Christ?” -Max Lucado (Just like Jesus)
Pretty powerful illustration right?!?! I hope that resonated with you as deeply as it has me! Think about that for a moment. We have full access, 24/7 to Jesus, to His amazing, life changing power, we have the power installed and every thing set for us to use it throughout each moment of our lives, including the tough situations we face. But how often do we only flip the switch to sit in and live in the power and light of Jesus only when we feel like it or really really need Him? And we wonder why so often we still struggle and live defeated lives of fear and doubt?
This truth has made it real for myself and I pray it makes it real for you! Why would we only flip the switch of Jesus’ powerful presence in our lives only here and there? What would happen if we just get out of the way, stop trusting in the way we’ve always done or seen things, put our old candles to the side that always end up burning out anyways and come before Jesus to flip the switch of His light in our lives? To live in the presence of His heart that we already have installed within us? At the end of the day, I’ve found the biggest barrier to flipping the switch to Jesus’ work in my heart and life to be ME! It’s myself that holds back what could happen, but thank God for sending His Son so living that way behind the barrier of our preconceived notions of what we see as truth, isn’t the only way to go! For THE truth is Jesus, the only way to access His truth and powerful presence in our lives, the only way to truly live in His ways even in the messy situations of our lives is to stop trusting in ME and begin trusting in Jesus, and only Jesus. What we see as what “could” is no longer just a dream or really good idea, it’s the truth of not just what “could” happen but what WILL happen in our lives as His power is turned on to shine through our darkness!!!! No reason to live in the shadows any longer!! Flip the switch and live in the light of Jesus!!!!!