In Christ, we must be careful to paint an accurate picture of life in Christ. We are no longer independent agents trying to earn God’s favor (bar too low). Neither are we yet perfected and free from the trials and tribulations of life (bar too high).
Rather, through our faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross, we have died with Christ, and through faith in his resurrection, we live with Christ; Christ is now our life.
All progress and joy in our Christian life is to be found in our devotion to Christ (2 Corinthians 11:3). We pray; we study the Bible; we go to church, and we go to work each day with our motivation being the desire to please Our Lord and Savior. We love others because he first loved us (1 John 4:19).
Even our victory over sin is dependent on our devotion to Christ: as we keep our eyes on Christ, Our Father works on our behalf to give us the strength, courage, and the wisdom to say no to harmful temptations. We now have right standing with him that comes through our faith in the atoning sacrifice of his Son, and we are able to say “yes” to obedience and “no” to disobedience.
Every “yes” answer to Our Father is another jewel in our crown of righteousness, given to those who long for his appearing. Every “no” answer to temptation is a jewel in our crown of life, given to those who persevere under trial.
Every “yes” to God is a “yes” to life; every “no” to sin is a “no” to death and the enemy of Christ, Satan.
This is the essence of “spiritual warfare”—learning how to say “yes” to life and “no” to death.
Then, we go out and bring others in and teach them how to walk with Our Savior in the light of life (John 8:12).
— Brad Heilhecker