St Paul expressed tremendous delight to be found in Christ.
He was deeply touched about his divine encounter with Jesus Christ and the new life that ensued.
This should be the confession of every believer because without him ‘we can do nothing.’
Jesus himself said in John 15: ‘Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.’
‘I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
‘If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.’
‘If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.’
‘By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.’
Sometimes one can easily forget that life itself and all its glories including every gift, call and ministry are from God. All blessings are from above.
It is worth remembering that it is only in Christ that life is fulfilled and fulfilling.
Apostle Paul also affirmed this in Phillipians 3: ‘But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ.
‘Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith.’
‘That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.’
‘Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.’
‘Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.’
‘Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you.’
‘Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.’
‘Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern.’
‘For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame— who set their mind on earthly things.’
‘For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.’ Amen
.Ojukwu is a missionary, intercessor and a Christian publisher. She is a sinner saved by grace and always excited to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with all people. Send feedback to [email protected]