Often, I sense the need to remind myself that I am not involved in a religion, not even merely a relationship with God, but that I have a new life. While relationships can be ignored, suspended or terminated, life cannot, since we did not originate it. We do not own our lives, we only live them. Life demands ceaseless nurture and attention. The life I have determines my intake, my actions and my fruits. My life dictates my relationships and it cuts across my various roles.
There is a tendency to compartmentalize our lives into spiritual, social, business, student, religious etc, thereby relegating new birth to insignificance, missing its implications and losing its infinite benefits. In reality, we live one life which determines our way of being in our various roles. You either have human life which is subject to natural laws and man-made systems or supernatural life which dominates nature and man-made systems.
Believing in Christ is neither a religion nor church membership. It is the beginning of a new life, a supernatural life for a supernatural existence, the very life Christ exhibited when He walked this planet. That life, more than merely a relationship with God is what enabled Him to stop storms with His words, cause His disciple to walk on water, raise the dead, heal the sick and provide material provisions independent of money.
If you are a believer, how come you are not experiencing and exhibiting the glories of that life in your domain today?
- You do not realize that you received a new life when you believed.
- You do not know that the life is wholly immature and so without intentional growth, living like Christ is no more likely than a baby driving a car.
- You do not know that like newborns, development requires a process involving prescribed nutrition and exercises.
- You are not following the prescriptions.
- You think the new life you have received is inferior to or not as real as the human life you had.
The life in a baby is the same as an adult’s. A baby may have more potential than an adult but as long as any of the above describes you and I, we will remain as far from Christ as babies are from adulthood.