Whole Being

“God is light. In God there is no darkness. If we claim to be right with God but still walk in darkness, we lie, and no truth is in us.”

(I John 1:5-6)

Righteousness isn’t something we can wear on our sleeves. It doesn’t matter how much we profess to be followers of Christ — if our actions don’t line up, we’re just as corrupt as anyone else.

Half-measures won’t cut it. Real connection with God demands that we be rigorously honest; not only with others, but with ourselves.

We cannot have any real relationship with God, until we surrender with our whole being. That requires us to stop pretending, stop putting on fake airs, and not be two-faced or double-minded.

Jesus himself had harsh words for those who profess to be godly but are inwardly still self-serving, shallow and materialistic. He said he would spit those kinds of people from his mouth. He would deny them before God — that he never knew them.

And that’s the truth. We cannot know Christ, until our old selves fall away completely. Our basic, carnal nature is what separates us from God — the sin in us. If we are to truly understand and live in the light of Christ, we must die to our “self.”

The Bible is very explicit. Jesus was very direct about it.

Selfishness and righteousness cannot and do not co-exist.

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