To have life in Himself is the prerogative of God alone, and of the Son, to whom the Father hath also given it. To seek life, not in itself, but in God, is the highest honor of the creature. To live in and to himself is the folly and guilt of sinful man; to live to God in Christ, the blessedness of the believer. To deny, to hate, to forsake, to lose his own life, such is the secret of the life of faith. “I live, yet NOT I, but Christ liveth in me”; “NOT I, but the grace of God which is with me”: this is the testimony of each one who has found out what it is to give up his own life, and to receive instead the blessed life of Christ within us. There is no path to true life, to abiding in Christ, than that which our Lord went before us – through death. (Andrew Murray)
If you follow Jesus He is our Example in how we live life. Here are some important takeaways from Dr. Murray’s quote today:
First, our life is in God, not in ourselves. This is the life of self-denial. This is the life of seeking God above our own agenda. This is making God’s will our will, not trying to make our desires the will of God.
Second, self-life is foolish, while living in Christ is the life of blessedness. The life of self may lead to earthly treasures, but the life in Christ leads to heavenly treasure. What choice will you make?
Third, if want to know the secret of Christian living it is to lose ourselves and to gain Christ. There it is plain and simple.
Fourth, Christ as our example showed us the way, and the way is death, and death to ourselves.
Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up the cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? (Mark 8:34-37)