Monday, January 16, 2012
Intertwined, with the Sap Flowing
(Part of today's devotional in Our Daily Walk by F. B. Meyer)
...there is Life which is resident in Jesus Christ, stored in Him, abounding in Him, which He longs to communicate to every soul that trusts in Him. This was the witness of those who knew Jesus most intimately in His brief human life--that "God hath given unto us Eternal Life, and this Life is in His Son." "He that hath the Son hath the Life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not the Life." This more than outweighs the down-pull of the serf-life. The law of that life makes us free from the law of sin and death, for it has mastered death and the grave.
This Life is communicated and sustained by the Holy Spirit. We must be one with Christ; we must be in Him, as the sponge is in the ocean. We must be in Him, not only in our standing, but also in our daily walk. We must be in Him as the branch is in the vine, and the vine-sap in the branch. And this must not only be a theory, but an hourly experience. We must abide in Him and He in us. But how can this become our daily experience? There is but one way. Through the co-operation of the Holy Spirit, as we walk in Him (Gal 5:16). He is the essence of the Life which is in Christ Jesus. "The Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death."
Note: Some other suggestions: 1) Get before Him in silence and wait. 2) Render a service of some sacrificial import to His glory alone. 3) Pour over those Four Gospels, and in a way which notes the continuum of action and the juxtaposition of sayings. (We tend to ignore their cohesiveness and flow.) 4) Sing His name often. 5) Pray to Him about anything. 6) Record briefly what you think He is saying to you and examine how His "comments" work themselves out. 7) Culture a thankful heart...Doug