Real Life

Jesus said that He wants us to have life, and to have it more abundantly, right? I took an entire class on this verse while in Bible College.

That class was useless.  In fact, I didn’t learn much of anything about the true and living God during my four years at Bible College.

Real learning for me happened after I began homeschooling. I thank homeschooling for my real education. During those years I learned to make sense of the Bible, but I also learned that ‘learning’ is fun!  Honeybee colonies, and galaxies, and the difference between object pronouns and subject pronouns…so many wonderful things to learn!

Most importantly, after about seven years of homeschooling, I learned that my devotion to Christianity’s rules and regulations had turned me into a raging meanie who had lost touch with reality.

That was an important thing to learn because God used that awareness to bring me back to Him. Real life began again. He reminded me of the joy of my salvation; He once again provided me with that glorious joy that only He can give.

I began to grow in grace and in the knowledge of Him. As I grew to know Him and His love for me, and perhaps more importantly, His acceptance of me, I began to understand what Jesus meant when He said that ‘He came so that we might have life.’

There is no real life apart from the Lord.  Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. He is the resurrection and the life.  I also like, John 5:26: “For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself.”

Life begins by responding to Him in faith, and by believing in what He has already done for you: Jesus Christ died, was buried and then He rose again.  When you believe in the gospel you receive spiritual life.  The life that you receive is Him, His Spirit.

Real life begins there… and it never ends.  We have been given an eternal life.  As we walk in the Spirit, we are trusting Him.  We trust Him today, tomorrow and we will trust Him for all of eternity.

Let’s continue trusting Him every day and in every circumstance.

Outside of Churchianity

The law of the Spirit of life has set me free from the law of sin and death. After spending 15 years wandering in the wilderness, the Lord God set me free to enter the Promised Land of Rest.

Previously, the Lord had been stripping me of my belief system that was based on rules and regulations. I was all about, “you have to do this, and you shouldn’t do that.”

But then my husband quit church.

I had spent years waiting for him to repent and obey, so when he gave up altogether, I had to completely let go of my hope of one day having the perfect Christian family.

Church attendance was the First Commandment in my denomination (which was a non-denominational church), but I eventually gave up too.  I was a much nicer and kinder wife after that.

The Lord slowly got through to my thick skull, and by 2006 the only ‘law’ I was still holding on tenaciously to was that we “have to ask forgiveness for our sins.” Finally, the Lord gently removed that one last requirement.

From that point on, I no longer had a Christian To-Do List. I realized that there was simply nothing for me to do. I then began to live my life in a totally different way.

How was my Christian life different?  I began living day by day simply trusting Him to lead me and guide me.  The unrealistic expectations that I put on our three kids slipped away, and I began to relax and allow them to be themselves.  I also began to give my husband grace, and stopped trying to change him into a repentant and obedient ‘godly man.’  I stopped believing that I could “serve God” (as if He needed anything from me!  Acts 17:25), and I began resting in the the work He has already done for me.

In essence, the TREE OF LIFE became my daily food; I had left behind the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

I now live every day with Jesus — who is Life — worshiping Him in spirit and in truth.

It’s a wonderful life.