I’m not talking about an Army thing. I love, am thankful for and honor those in our military, but what I am talking about is so much more than that. Here’s the punch line – Beholding leads to believing. Believing leads to belonging. Belonging leads to being. Here’s my thought – Being all you can be is…
Beholding – to see or observe (a thing or person, especially a remarkable or impressive one). To say Christ is impressive is an understatement when he is revealed for all of who He is to us, has done for us (and how) and who He is in us. We are without hope without who He is and without the self-sacrifice He made for us. And without Him in us, with us daily, we are truly in the clutches of death moment by moment. He is our salvation. Luke 2:30-32 for my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of your people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel. This tells us He, the Lamb of God, is the salvation for all. How has Christ been revealed to you? He walks by us every day in the eternally magnificent truths and proofs all around us. That we wake every morning and live and breath with nothing of our own power in a hideously fallen world shows how merciful and beyond remarkable and impressive the Lamb of God really is. John 1:36 …and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God”. Is beholding Christ part of who you are as you navigate your day, your week, your life?
Believing: accepting something as true; feeling sure of the truth of. You must behold something before believing in it. What is beheld must become an internalized trusted truth for true believing to take hold. The combination of true beholding and internalized believing will make Romans 8:38-39 sing in your heart. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present not the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Do you believe, what you believe about “our Lord” is really real?
Belonging – to be rightly placed in a specified position. God created us. We belong to Him in that way. This is practical ownership. But because Christ has bought us out of death (while we were yet sinners) and into eternal righteousness through the complete payment of Himself on the cross, we doubly belong to God. This is desirous ownership. God WANTS us and ADORES us. Granting that we accept the gift of salvation through Christ, the durability of God’s ownership of us ought to affect us in a way that we live in the benefit of who we are “in Him” because of who He is “to us” and “for us”.
Romans 8:10-17 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.
Heirs with Christ 12 So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs – heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
Sometimes our circumstances overwhelm our thinking to the point we let go of the truths that “we say” we believe. This is either because we forget those truths or doubt them. So our belief of those truths are not durable enough and become detached from our sense of surety – our confidence in belonging to God. When this happens the threats before us become bigger than the truths in us. It is vital for us to understand and remember that God’s word is not true because we believe it. It is true because it is God’s word, and so I can believe it. When that becomes an inseparable truth in our hearts we can say as Romans 14:8 says – If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.
Beholding leads to believing. Believing leads to belonging. Belonging leads to being. Be all you can be… in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
by Scott Fameli