Many of us start out in the Christian life thinking it is very easy. Author and teacher Stuart Briscoe said,
When I got saved, it was so wonderful. The burden of sin was gone. Boy, I started out wanting to live for God and be so happy. It’s wonderful. Here I am saved. Hallelujah, Jesus. I will never make another mistake. I have been saved; my sins have been forgiven. I have the Holy Spirit in me. I was saying this is just wonderful and then I stumbled and fell and I got discouraged a little bit. I said, ‘Well this isn’t as easy as I thought. This is difficult.’ And I began to strive and to try to be a better Christian and I still failed miserably. I stopped saying this is difficult. I hung my head in despair and said this is impossible.’ ”
Do you know what? He was right. The Christian life is impossible, without Christ. You see, when Stuart Briscoe discovered that God is the God of the impossible and that Jesus Christ was in Him, then he stopped trying, started trusting, and let the Lord Jesus Christ live His life through him. He also stopped saying that the Christian life was impossible and started saying, “This is wonderful!”
And it is wonderful when we understand that Christ is in us. Here is an eternal Truth from God’s Word to take with you today:
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
(2 Corinthians 5:17-21, ESV)
From Daily Treasures, Dr. Adrian Rogers