I love to learn from brothers and sisters in Christ who have much more experience than me and who are much more mature in following Jesus than I am. One of those people – who I would love to spend time with face-to-face – is John (or “Aussie John”) who blogs at “Caesura.” His latest post is called “God’s Dealings with Us,” and it is filled with nuggets of wisdom.
Over the last few years, I’ve come to greatly respect John’s insights, especially given his background. He’s been through the system and now recognizes many of its failings and hindrances.
This particular post, as I said, is filled with thought-provoking excerpts of Scripture tied to application and experience. For the most part, the post is a challenge to rely completely on God (the way that Jesus did) instead of relying on our own reason, education, plans, etc.
At one point, he writes:
To be “in Christ” is much more than membership in a religious club, much more than saying we believe a systematic theology, or a statement of faith. Being “in Christ” denotes a lively relationship in which everything that proceeds from the one who is joined to Christ (“in” Him) is initiated by, and comes from Christ. As the sap and nutrition keeping a branch alive and allowing it to flower and bear fruit comes from the vine, so every ounce of strength, and fruit bearing exhibited by the genuine follower of Christ, flows from him, Not from us.
In the same way as the branch shares the bearing of fruit with the vine, so those who are totally reliant on Christ, by His Holy Spirit, share in His fullness, and His relationship with the Father, and all that implies, including His dependence on the Father’s direction.
Of course. Yes. Now… to do it. It’s one thing to say that we “are totally reliant on Christ,” and it’s another thing altogether to live that way.
Like I said, I would love to spend time with John face-to-face and to actually see what this means in his life. For now… that’s not possible… so I continue to learn from those who God places in my life.
May we all help one another live in a way that is totally reliant on Jesus Christ.