Because Christ came and gave us everything we need for Life and godliness, He now requires His Provision to be used. The Life of Christ gave me something nothing else could: the actual Life to perform the Will of God. Imagine, Jesus isn’t just saying, “Hey dude, this is what I want, now go and do it!” No, Jesus Christ has not only made the way, He is the Way. His Life is my performance. This is foreign to some. I know it has been for me in the past. I thought the Will of God was just about me doing His Will. On the contrary, God’s expectations are on the Life of His Son, not my efforts to perform. Christ’s Life is my life, and my efforts are just blasphemy.
The Life of Christ vs. My Soul Life
“Blasphemy is a mighty strong word there, John!” So why would I use the word blasphemy to describe our efforts? The first and most important reason is because that is what I heard our Father say, but also, it’s because it perfectly describes the offense.
Blasphemy is the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence to a deity, to religious or holy persons or sacred things, or toward something considered sacred or inviolable. My effort is simply my trust and faith in my own performance rather than Christ’s Life. It’s an insulting elevation of my attempts above the actual Life of the Most High. And now that His Life has been given to me to live my life, it would be foolish to lean on my struggling efforts. Above foolish, it’s an affront to my God who gave me that which pleases Him—Christ’s Life.
As an example, it would very much be like someone giving me everything I needed to get a job done. Yet despite that, I scrounge around in a dumpster looking for the tools I need. Yuck! His Holy Life is my life, and His Life is the only thing that satisfies the Father and brings Him pleasure. If you have read this blog for any amount of time or my newest book The Great Exchange, you would have heard this:
Christ’s life as my life is His life in my life, and that’s not my life as His life, it’s HIM.
The Life of Christ As My Life
Here’s the skinny: I must always come in the Life of the Spirit with the Will of God. I must not only do the Will of God but also do it according to His way. If I do the Will of God in the soul, I’m in as much rebellion as if I had never done the Will of God at all. The Will of God and the Life of God are one or it is rebellion. There is no distinction between the Will and the Life.
I’ve seen many over the years hear the Will of God, and then go on to perform it themselves. What this left was a huge trail of tears. The fruit of my life and efforts is death. Only Christ’s very own Life can perform God’s Will. The goal isn’t completion of a task; it’s the Life Source. He wants to be the Doer of all our doing.
My spiritual passion, zeal, and ambition can never be allowed to be the fuel behind my life. And even knowing the Will of God can never be a substitute for letting His Life perform it. Just because I know what He wants to do doesn’t give me the right to run ahead of Him to do it. Moses, anyone? When Moses performed the Will of God by his own life, he became a murderer. We, too, bring death with our performance.
It’s Nothing But The Life of Christ
In the course of time Moses grew up. Then he went to see his own people and watched them suffering under forced labor. He saw a Hebrew, one of his own people, being beaten by an Egyptian. He looked all around, and when he didn’t see anyone, he beat the Egyptian to death and hid the body in the sand. When Moses went there the next day, he saw two Hebrew men fighting. He asked the one who started the fight, “Why are you beating another Hebrew?” The man asked, “Who made you our ruler and judge? Are you going to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and thought that everyone knew what he had done. When Pharaoh heard what Moses had done, he tried to have him killed. But Moses fled from Pharaoh and settled in the land of Midian.
Exodus 2:11-15 GW
Nothing substitutes for the actual Life of Christ. Nothing. Again, the movement of the Spirit and the Will of God come from the Life of Christ. Simply hearing the Will of God doesn’t give me a green light to proceed. The timing of God is subject to the Life of God Who performs the Will of God. He paid a high price for me to have His Life, so I say yes for Him to live His Life through me.