Running Reflection--January 1
Make Your Mark

Running Reflection--January 2

Run Today’s Race
A Word from Oswald Chambers for Every Day of the Year
Copyright © 1968 Oswald Chambers Publications Association Ltd.

January 2

"The very life of Jesus is given to us unstintedly if we will identify ourselves with His Death. At the back of us stands the Risen Life of Jesus that nothing can overcome."

Reflections by Ryan:

In other words....go for it.
The life of the One who created the galaxies, the oceans, the mountains, and the inhabitants of the earth is available to us. His presence, his peace, his hope, and his love is available to us in an unlimited, unrestricted way. . . IF . . .   

IF what?  "If" we will identify ourselves with His death.  What does it mean to identify with the death of Jesus?  The Apostle Paul gives us a pretty good idea in Philippians 2. 

He writes:

“If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross!”
(vs. 2-8 NIV)

We identify with the death of Jesus as we live lives of service, forgiveness and love amongst others.  God gives us the strength and support to live in this way.  As we face life and its challenges we have one who stands behind us—like a big brother.  Actually, standing behind us is the risen life of Jesus Christ—the one who has defeated sin and death and who stands as hope and life for all who believe.  He says to us, “I will never leave you nor forsake you,” in other words, “I’ve got your back.”

Philippians 2: 9-11(NIV) best completes this thought.

“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Go for it.  Live in abandonment to Jesus Christ, facing the trials and obstacles of life with confidence because Jesus has “got your back.”


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