But God- Living a Christian Life?

Greetings,

But God Image_Color_CrossWe are taking some time to respond to questions that have been asked. This time we will respond to this question. "I have been saved for years. I keep doing the same sins. Recently in response to a sermon, I rededicated myself to Jesus. I'm still doing the same sins. What's wrong with me?"

I applaud your heart and your intentions. Let's look at something Jesus said that is recorded by Luke in chapter 9, verse 23. And he said to all, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me."

Often when we hear this verse taught, the teaching is around denying ourselves something bad. Such as, if you want to go to the bar, you should deny yourself and not go. Sometimes it is taught more around a sacrificial denial, kind of like giving something up for lent. I want to look at this verse through a different lens.

How about if we look at it from the viewpoint of ceasing to rededicate ourselves to trying to live the Christian life? What I am suggesting is that there is only one person who can live the Christian life, and that person is Jesus! What I am saying is that we have not been called to try and live the Christian life, but rather to allow and watch and marvel at how Jesus lives the Christian life- through us! This is part of what we hear in Galatians 2:20- 'I have been crucified with Christ. IT IS NO LONGER I WHO LIVE, BUT CHRIST WHO LIVES IN ME. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.' This is much different than us trying to live the Christian life with His help. Now, let's get back to Luke 9:23. What I am suggesting is that one way to deny ourselves, is to admit that I can't live the Christian life and deny myself the ego trip of trying. We become worn out broken records, recommitting and rededicating ourselves to try to do something we aren't called to do and can't do. If any of you are tired of that pursuit I encourage you to try on something like this each day-

'Jesus, I can't live the Christian life but I know you can. I trust you today to live your life through me. I trust you to supply the faith, the love, the wisdom, the strength, everything I need today. Thank you that it is in You that I live and move and have my being.' Acts 17:28. Enjoy the view.

In closing, if any of you have questions about this topic, please let us hear from you. We also continue to request questions in general.

Blessings,

Thomas

Thomas@robinsonoutdoors.com

 

If you want to know what someone really thinks, just listen to what they say after the word ‘but’ …so it is here with…”but God!”“

Note: “but God” is a weekly ministry of Robinson Outdoors Products written for us by pastor and spiritual counselor, Thomas Paige. “But God” is posted each week on the ScentBlocker website and can be found there along with the archives of messages of past years and months from Thomas. “But God” is also posted each week on ScentBlocker Facebook page and on Twitter.

You may ask, “why would Robinson, an outdoor products company with brands ScentBlocker and Tree Spider, making products for hunters, spend its time on something like “but God”?” Great question, as we here at Robinson consider our work place our mission field, our products bearing the John 3:16 inscription our outreach. In every new ScentBlocker jacket there is a laminated waterproof pocket insert that contains the salvation message printed in two languages. And, we ask the Lord to provide more opportunities for us to be a light unto a dark world.

What responses do we receive from our customers? Each week thousands and thousands of people read the “but God” message online. We receive dozens and dozens of appreciative emails, rejoicing that a company has the courage to stand up for what it believes despite perhaps it not being the most popular thing to do these days. God has blessed our lives and our business!

I hope you will enjoy this weeks’ “…but God” as Thomas continues the series, unto the Lord!

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