Just Shall Live By Faith
ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him. Col.
growth in grace, our joy, our usefulness—all depend upon our union with
Christ. It is by communion with Him, daily, hourly—by abiding in Him—that
we are to grow in grace. He is not only the author, but the finisher of our
faith. It is Christ first and last and always. He is to be with us, not only
at the beginning and the end of our course, but at every step of the way.
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Do you ask, “How am I to abide in Christ?” In the same way as
you received Him at first. “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus
the Lord, so walk ye in him.” Col. 2:6. “The just shall live by
faith.” Heb. 10:38. You gave yourself to God, to be His wholly, to serve
and obey Him, and you took Christ as your Saviour. You could not yourself
atone for your sins or change your heart; but having given yourself to God,
you believe that He for Christ’s sake did all this for you. By faith
you became Christ’s, and by faith you are to grow up in Him—by
giving and taking. You are to give all—your heart, your will, your service—give
yourself to Him to obey all His requirements; and you must take all—Christ,
the fullness of all blessing, to abide in your heart, to be your strength,
your righteousness, your everlasting helper—to give you power to obey.
Consecrate yourself to God in the morning; make this your very first work.
Let your prayer be, “Take me, O Lord, as wholly Thine. I lay all my
plans at Thy feet. Use me today in Thy service. Abide with me, and let all
my work be wrought in Thee.” This is a daily matter. Each morning consecrate
yourself to God for that day. Surrender all your plans to Him, to be carried
out or given up as His providence shall indicate. Thus day by day you may
be giving your life into the hands of God, and thus your life will be molded
more and more after the life of Christ.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, p. 72.