Get Busy Living

“Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection”

Romans 6:4-5


Watching “The Voice” last night after getting home from a late evening meeting I enjoyed the testimony of a young man expressing why he desired to pursue the chance to be on the television show, “The Voice.” He had a near death experience where the doctors had said his illness was terminal, but by the grace of God and the gift of modern medicine he survived. His brush with death changed his life and as he said from that moment on he was determined to, “Get Busy Living”.

The apostle Paul writes of something similar in Romans chapter 6. The difference for the believer is we don’t merely have a brush with death, we actually identify completely with it. When Jesus died, those who are in Christ died too. Our old self, our old way of thinking and doing things died with Jesus upon the Cross and the life we now live we live by identifying with Jesus in His resurrection. The old things have all passed away and the life we now live we live by faith in the Son of God and in the power of His resurrection. Since we too have "reckoned the old man dead" we are now free to get busy living and I mean really living! Jesus in John 10:10 describes the life of the believer as "abundant life" which means life that has no end. We have the gift of eternal life that has already begun! We receieved it when we died with Christ on the Cross.

No longer do we then live a natural life, as in reality there is no such thing because if you are in Christ today you are free to live a supernatural life the same way Jesus lived His life, in the fullness of the Holy Spirit. The supernatural life IS the natural life for the believer. We can as the Bible says, “do all things through Christ who strengthens us.” The only limitations we have on our lives are the same ones that were on Jesus life.

Don’t believe me, believe Jesus. In John 14:12 we read, "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.” In the Greek language the word “greater” speaks of magnitude not quality. When Jesus walked the earth the Holy Spirit was with Him. When Jesus returned to heaven He prayed that the Father would send the Holy Spirit to all believers in His name making the magnitude of Jesus life even greater as every believer now has the ability to represent Christ wherever they are at any given moment in time.
  

Read your bible and study the life of Jesus and see what Jesus did when He walked on earth and know today that as a Christian our lives pick up you can say where Jesus left off (Read Colossians 1).  Jesus died so we could live. Are you busy living for Jesus today, loved one? Do you find yourself being led to pray for and share Jesus with others? Is there something stirring in you to pray over someone who is sick today or to lay hands on them who have some form of disease? Ask yourself, what would Jesus do if He were in your shoes today? Jesus said He came to seek and to save that which is lost. Realize its not what would Jesus do if He was in your shoes, its understanding that because we are in Christ, Jesus is in your shoes today!! He is with you and in and wanting to do amazing things through your life today if only you would allow Him too. What are you waiting for? Get busy living!  

 
“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

James 5:13-16

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Michael Osthimer

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