Are we called to ‘imitate’ our Lord’s Life?
Can ‘we’ even live up to such a Life?
Here’s a question that might tip some sacred cows: truthfully now, does our Lord really need us to serve Him (see Acts 17:24,25 and Mark 10:45)? Or is the fruit of the abiding Life His serving through us that brings glory to the Father?
Take a look-see at what Mr. Morgan cooks up for us:
“The nature of the Christian Life is Christ’s Life taking hold upon all the inner life of a man, changing, dominating, pulsating…the Christian Life is neither imitation of Christ nor correct intellectual positions concerning Christ. I may attempt to imitate Christ most sincerely through long years, and yet never be a Christian. It is possible for me to admire him, and attempt with all the power of my life to imitate Him and yet never realize Him.
It is quite possible for a person to believe most sincerely in His deity and the fact of His atoning work, and moreover, in the necessity for regeneration, and yet never be submitted to His Lordship, never to have a personal share in His atonement, never to be born again.
Nothing short of the coming into the Life of Christ Himself constitutes a Christian. If Christ be in you, living, reigning there absolutely, and you are obeying Him, there will never be a moment when the Truth will not be evident. You cannot hide Christ if once He comes within. If the Light is there, it simply must shine.”
–G. Campbell Morgan (Congregational Pastor, 1863-1945)
“In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men.”
JT, you are sooo right, my brutha. Only Christ can live the Christian Life. (loved the post, by the way)
It’s the Life of the Indwelling Christ that makes us His. Let’s put away our checklists, ‘how-to’ manuals, rule books, and activity reports. He longs for intimacy with His own, so let’s draw near. A reigning Christ living through a reigning people. Now that’s a recipe made in Heaven!
As Steve Brown says: “You think about that. Ah-men.”