It’s a life

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?

  1. You do not realize that you received a new life when you believed.
  2. 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.
  3. You do not know that like newborns, development requires a process involving prescribed nutrition and exercises.
  4. You are not following the prescriptions.
  5. 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.

10 thoughts on “It’s a life

  1. I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave,a though he is the owner of everything, 2but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father (Gal 4:1-2)
    So as a baby learns to walk, to read, to speak, so also we must, INTENTIONALLY, take on the mantle of an apprentice of Christ, understanding that it our development happens in the process. The process is just as important as the end 

    I like the phrase “prescribed nutrition and exercises” – these “prescribed nutrition and exercises” will require us to step outside our circle of knowledge and try them out no matter how insignificant it might seem

    Thanks Oga mi for confirmation

    • Thank you for your rich comments Tolu.

      It helps to know that Christ is our destiny. If we put ourselves in the right environment and follow the “prescribed nutrition and exercises,” we cannot but be like Christ in character and power.

      I like your phrase “step outside our circle of knowledge.” We will never grow without it.

  2. I’ve got a new awakening today, thanks to you, Tolu. New birth, into a supernatural life and supernatural existence. In order to grow, walk on water, speak to the mountain, heal the sick – we need to realize that the new life is different from the old life. Supernatural believes in the unseen, untouched, the yet-to-be experienced. Myles Munroe says if you have seen what you believed in then faith has ceased. Human life depends on the physical body senses, if you can’t see it, it won’t be!

    Yes I agree, we have to be intentional. I realize where my energy should be channeled, towards the “prescribed nutrition and exercises”. God bless you indeed.

  3.  In Matthew 7:21-22 Jesus says, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will of my Father, who is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out demons? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you; depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Many people won’t discover until it’s too late that they were on the wrong road.

  4. Oga mi…simply profound. Simply profound. I have often limited my faith to a relationship which is true to one extent but it is a radically different thing for me to focus on the new life flowing in and through me. I don’t want to remain a baby full of potential. I want to nurture and nourish that new life to full maturity. Awesome post

    • Thank you brother. I love your phrase, “the new life flowing in and through me” as it summarizes the post. 

      I wrote it because I need to focus on the new life too. As you said, it is “radically different” than being involved in a relationship. 

      We live with the understanding that the same life in Christ is in us – whatever Christ could do and more, we can, potentially. 

      To move from potential to actual however, we must subject our lives to the same conditions that Christ subjected His to. 

      Babies do not need to pray to become adults, they just need the prescribed nutrition and exercises.

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