GOD ! not ME ! this phrase has a duel meening. One, life is about God and not about Me. Two, when God looks at me he sees jesus not me.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.
Your life as a christian is about God and not you. I already expounded on this saturday so I will not take too long on it, but I will point out four things. 1: christians are to give up own dignity. A slap was the equivilent of spitting someone in the face but worse and was fineable by up to a year’s ( yes year’s ) wages. (oww) 2: christians are to give up own legal rights. A cloak served in many ways as a credit card, an insurance of payment. Christ tells us to be willing to give up even that much. 3: christians are to give up personal freedom and time. Romans had the habbit of forcing jews to work without pay, we as christians ought to be more than willing to do this. 4: christians are to give freely of themselves.
Now I want to spend the rest of this devo on the other part. God has imputed christ’s righteousness on us. When God sees us he no longer sees a dirty rag, he sees a bleached cloth. When God looks at us wordlians he through christ, instead sees christians. Your sins are covered in Jesus’ blood and his perfect life. It is his life that is now in you, not your own. Christ has filled you with a new purpose and made you new. It is like taking a debet and then crossing it out in red. The debt is cancelled. God has freed us from sin, we no longer need to give in. His righteousness is our righteousness. His strength is our strength. His life is our life. His love is our love. His home is our home. We just need to transition. We are adopted as his children, and we ought to live like his children too. Pray that God’s strength flow thru you and that you may live in him. God, not, Me. GnM.