Featured Friend: Amy @ Wasteland to Graceland
The Wonder of Your Life in Christ
by Amy @ Wasteland to Graceland
I watched a dear friend at church give a tender kiss to one of the two children she is foster parenting. She and her husband have three of their own children and have taken in two more. It was one of those kisses that just happen naturally like the brushing away of your hair because it’s in your face or the scratching of your nose because it itches. I happened to catch it during worship. Just an ordinary moment for her but I thought it was extraordinary. She was quietly and naturally giving affection to the child that is not her own.
Her love for these children inspires me in many ways, but this moment stuck with me throughout my day because it helped me to see something simple. How beautiful the ordinary moments are when we are simply living out our life in Christ loving like Him.
Sometimes I lose the wonder. I lose the wonder of being a mom, a wife, a neighbor and a friend.
The wonder of being this unique person God made me to be right here and now. How great a privilege it is to simply live as a follower in the place and time He has me. The wonder and sense of awe of being one called “In Christ” and to be free in Him to do all that I am called to do.
I will do plenty of wondering. Like wondering if I’m doing enough, doing too much or whether I am good enough in so many areas of life. I wonder if I need to be living a more radical Christian life. Do you have those thoughts? We can wonder about these things wherever we are and whatever season we are in. But here is something I’m currently thinking about…
Isn’t following Christ in your current circumstances and loving well the people in your life…radical enough?
If we are following Christ, trusting in Him alone for our salvation, we are in Christ…and Christ is in us. How much more radical does it get? How much more can we possibly be?
And as if that wasn’t enough, our Father in heaven has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3)
If you are in Christ, from the moment of your spiritual birth and from that point forward, you constantly receive from Christ, all of the blessings that you need to be sustained spiritually until you finally reach eternity with Christ.
You now have a right standing before Him on the basis of the perfect obedience and righteousness of Christ…which is now counted as being yours through faith in Him.
God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us so that we might become His righteousness. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
We have been made alive with Christ and we have been raised up with Him and have been seated with Him in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 2:4-7)
Though we live on earth, we are also citizens of the heaven realm. The blessings we have in Christ are blessings that pertain to us as citizens of heaven. Even though we are not physically in heaven yet, heaven has begun. It has already begun in our lives…and in our hearts right here and right now.
So is simply being a person in Christ…
in your neighborhood…
loving your family and friends…
heaven begun in you…
You are a wonder right where you are. All you have to do is be you in Christ. Stopping and yielding to the Holy Spirit is more powerful than trying harder to be and do more.
We should seek to understand how God has gifted us and what He has called us to do with those gifts with the people He has put in our life. If you think God is calling you to something, be kind and gracious to yourself as you take the steps to go in that direction.
Breathe, relax and rejoice.
Think less on whether or not you’re getting it perfect or doing enough and enjoy this incredible journey.
Pray and rest.
If you are in Christ, living and loving the Lord and others according to His Word in your circumstances, you are already living a radically beautiful life. Being found in Christ and yielding to His Spirit right where you are right now is a wondrous thing. Blessings to you as you take joy in the wonder of your life in Christ.