As I was reading my devotional this morning by Charles Spurgeon, that giant of the faith & well-spring of wisdom, I was inspired by his description of the life of faith as simply the acceptance of a gift. No struggle, no work, no merit on our part. Just RECEIVING the gift of grace. Just as the earth and the oceans receive the rain that falls upon them; just as a baby bird receives food from its mother; just as the branches and leaves of the trees receive the sunlight poured over them, so should we receive the gift of the Son of God. “As ye have received Christ” Col 2:6.
As we receive Him, He becomes part of us. Just like when we eat and drink, and the nutrients in the food become a part of our bodies, so He becomes a part of us when we receive Him in faith. His life is made manifest in us…supernaturally. We are made alive unto God; partakers of the divine nature! There is no struggle in it, just like there is no struggle in us to turn our food into fuel and structures for our physical bodies.
We receive His Life! His “absolute life” ( Greek= zoe) is made part of us through our receiving faith!
As Galatians 2: 20 tells us…”but Christ lives in me. And the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
Romans 8: 29 tells us that we are destined to be “conformed to the image if Christ, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” It is because of the miracle of faith, of RECEIVING Christ, He lives in many! He is multiplied!
As we receive this rain, this food, this bread and wine of life, He becomes part of our very being (our spiritual DNA, if you like) just like the rain becomes part of the earth. And as we receive Him, “He brings many Sons to Glory.” Hebrews 2: 10,11
Yet, sometimes, like spoiled children, we reject the precious gift through doubt, or intellectual high-mindedness, or worldly pursuits, or just plain stubbornness, and thus we remain stuck in our old, fleshly ways. Humility and open hands are what we need. Like baby birds receiving our necessary food, but unable to feed ourselves. No struggling, no trying, just receiving…Jesus.
Heaven help us to open our hearts, our minds, and our very beings to the rain of His Spirit, the Seed of His Life, the Bread of His Body and the Wine of His precious Blood, to make us “alive unto God.” (Romans 6: 11) True Children and Brethren. As He brings many Sons to glory!
For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. Hab.2:14