GET AN IDENTITY THAT IS YOU
All who put their faith in Jesus inherit eternal life. But not all who love Jesus attain much of their glory in this life. Not because it is not available to them. But because they followed distorted gospels and lesser christs or because they thought what they knew was all there is to know.
Religion is not spirituality and spirituality is not religion. Spirituality is God’s life as our life mediated directly to us by Christ in us. In Him we are spirit and life as ourselves.
‘On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20. This is the day we move from religion to union with God. The day we are reborn into personhood and sonship.
To be an expression of Christ in this life is to be the expression of you as a son of God, rather than a son of the first Adam. To be your real self in Christ in this life is to be a life-giver in the fullest sense. This is the age when we battle with Christ to remove darkness pretending to be light and death presenting itself as life.
Many pass away after a life in which they sincerely tried to be a Godly person. But their true self was muffled because their union with Christ was muffled and insulated by the law and by religion.
The fruit of Christ in you is Christ as you. We do not become deities but we do becomes daughters and sons in spirit and in truth rather than in pieties and outward motions. This is how we get live in authority in this life and not as the scribes – the promoters of words.
To them, those willing to learn.. ‘God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory’ Col 1.27 NIV.
A legalised christ is not the Christ of God. Neither is a religious christ. Christ is not a projection of our best imagined self. He is a human being. Christ is God, Christ is the complete expression of God as Hebrews attests and the reality of who you are becoming in Him.
KNOWING GOD AS GOD IS
People can worship false christs even if they are good and sincere people. Why? He has been distorted in their minds by painful life experiences, they have been subjected to bad teaching and false gospels that always portray a false Christ. We can know Christ as Christ is when we agree with Him that He lives in us, that He has come in our flesh and that His Light will reveal who He is in our inner being.
Genuine sonship is livening in His Light rather than attempting to bend Jesus and His Gospel to our light.
GROWING INTO OUR GLORY
In our immature years we are likely to think of our identity as things we like and particularly things we do. We might hang pictures of singers we like and movies we enjoy in our room and we might start buying items of clothing that we use to signal the distinctive us. As we get older we may purchase our clothes from esteemed shops and wear fashion items by lauded designers or buy a car that we believe sets us apart. These are indicative of who we are but are never the real us. This self was in existence before we were born in the mind of Christ. The real self is still who you are in Christ and who you are becoming with Him as your life.
I have told this story before. Jesus approached Jill in a dream and asked her how she as going in life. She began listing her achievements. Jesus smiled and said, ‘No, I mean how are you going at being you?’
We can attempt to be ourselves in ways that smother who we are. Religion is very good at this, especially legalistic religion. But any religion that we use to define ourselves will eventually dull our glory and stifle our spirit and life. The one way of shining as ourselves is to be hidden in Christ by which we mean living a life of oneness with Him. Not hard to do given that has already made us part of His life and drawn us into His fellowship with Father. Richard Rohr observes that,
“Allowing God to be our Lord is not something we can do as easily as believing this, doing that, attending this, or avoiding that. It is always a process of a lifetime, a movement toward union that will always feel like a loss of self-importance and autonomy. The private ego will resist and rationalize in every way that it can. My experience is that, apart from suffering, failure, humiliation, and pain, none of us will naturally let go of our self-sufficiency.” (1)
It takes a bit to lose our self-constructed sense of self-importance and autonomy. Unless Christ is our life and our being is wed to His being a bunch of externalities is all we have. But it’s our false self and not our real self. We get to become the self who we really are when we are born again.
(1) Rohr, Richard. What the Mystics Know: Seven Pathways to Your Deeper Self. The Crossroad Publishing Company. Kindle Edition.