WHAT IS THE Christian spiritual life? It is simply life lived in Christ—that is, a life where Christ rather than our own self-image constitutes the center of who we are. It is a Spirit-filled, Spirit-led, Spirit-empowered life like the one Jesus embodied with every fiber of his being.
Empty of self-importance and self-interest, human life is free to be what God intended: holy, humble, joyfully obedient, radiating the power of love. Paul describes this state of being succinctly in Galatians 2:20: “It is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me.” This, at least, is what a mature Christian life looks like. Most of us feel quite acutely how far we fall short of such spiritual maturity. while it offers a beautiful vision of human capacity and a noble goal, it may seem a daunting, if not impossible, ideal.
That is why we need to begin with grace. The spiritual life is not even remotely possible for us apart from God’s grace. And grace is precisely what God gives to us in Christ Jesus.
– Rueben P. Job and Marjorie J. Thompson
Embracing the Journey: The Way of Christ
From “Embracing the Journey: The Way of Christ” by Rueben P. Job and Marjorie J. Thompson, Part 1 in Companions in Christ Participant’s Book. Copyright © 2001 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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How the mighty have fallen in the midst of the battle! Jonathan lies slain upon your high places.
2 Samuel 1:25, NRSV
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This week we remember: Irenaeus (June 28).
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