Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Our Life in Christ Part 2 - by Ps Michael Podhaczky


In the previous blog, we stopped and thought about our yesterday, asking, ‘why do we do what we do and what motivates us throughout our day’? Having had some time to think about this, it is essential to realise that we only have one shot at each day. So, once it is gone, well, we are not getting it back for a second go at it. This should motivate us to suck every moment out of our day as a gift from the Lord. However, we need to do it from a place contentment in Christ.

As Paul said to the church in Philippi,
“I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content” (Phil 4:11b ESV).
But what did he mean by this statement? Well, this was Paul’s reality in Christ. This is the place where he lived, and it governed how he lived. That is, He was living from the position of being content in Christ, whatever came his way. He had enough whether he had or did not have any aid or support. He was not reliant on external circumstances but was inwardly contented being at rest in the Kingdom of God. Remember, in the last blog; it was mentioned that, we can always choose to do things from this place of rest in Jesus Christ.

This is the framework for a verse that we often take out of context i.e.
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:19 ESV).
This had nothing to do with God being his genie in a bottle, to summon when he wanted something. It was about being at rest in Christ as his source of contentment, whether he had or did not have his wants. So, as was mentioned in the last blog, from the very second that we were born again, we entered into a new realm, the Kingdom of God. We are in the richness of Christ, and the abundance of Christ is in us.
Pause in His presence for a moment and think this over

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Our Life in Christ Part 1 - by Ps Michael Podhaczky


Have you ever stopped and thought about your day? You know, why do you do what you do and what motivates you throughout your day? Most of us can rush through our day, moving from one task or person to another without ever stopping to reflect on our motivation. So, just for a moment let us stop and reflect on yesterday.

What did you think that you just had to do and why did you have to do it? What was the pace of the day like; was it calm and controlled or flat-out and full of stressful moments one after another? Who was in control of your day? Was it those around you, or your have-to-do lists, or you?
Pause in His presence for a moment and think this over…

As Christ-followers, we are told that,
“For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Col 3:3 ESV).
But what does this mean in a fast moving world? Well, this is our reality. This is a place from where we can live as it governs how we live our life. The world around us was never intended to be something that is propelled forward into chaos, not by those around us or our to-do-lists; we do not ‘have’ to do things. Remember, we can always choose to do things from a place of rest in Jesus Christ.

From the very second that we were born again, made brand new, were transformed (whatever language we chose to use), we entered into a new realm. That is, the Kingdom of God where we are one in Christ. Whether we feel like it or not, this has been our reality from the very second we received this new life. From that moment we became citizens of this realm, and we have never left it. We are in Christ and Christ is in us, Col 3:11. So if this is the case, why do we rush through our day, moving from one task or person to another without ever stopping to reflect on our motivation?
Pause in His presence for a moment and think this over