A Life with God

Parent and childI am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”         John 15:5 (ESV)

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For many years as a believer, I lived with a wrong understanding of what it means to be a Christian. I thought that what God expected of me was to live a life for Him.

I now realize that I am called to live a life with Him.

There is a huge difference between the two.

Living a life for God places all the responsibility on me to find God’s will for my life and be obedient to that will. Living a life for God means that I am less connected to God and working hard on my own to please Him. Living for God is me living out my life on my own for Him.

But that is not the message of today’s verse…and of much of the New Testament.

Jesus teaches here that when we become His followers, we are actually joined with Him. At Pentecost, the disciples received the Holy Spirit. In 1 Cor. 6:19 Paul reminds us that we are the Temple of the Holy Spirit.

The Christian walk is not following after God…it is walking with God.

We are called to live a life with God…not for God.

As we grasp this concept, it should have a profound impact on how we approach each day. The difference is where we place our dependence. If we are trying to live for God, we are dependent on our own strength and ability to do that. As we come to understand that God has called us to live with Him, we move our dependence from ourselves onto Him.

We remember that He is within us and therefore always with us. We cast our faith upon Him to lead and guide us throughout the day. We become more aware of His continual presence with us.

As we seek to live the life He has called us to live, it becomes less a matter of finding His will than depending on Him to slowly reveal His will to us as we abide with Him.

Prayer: Lord help me to remember You have called me to live a life with You, not for You.

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