Weekly Pursuit – Week 2 of May

May 15, 2018 by

Verses:

Gal. 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith of the Son
of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”

 

Excerpts:

The burden and responsibility in the family, in the church, and in the ministry is always in a complicated and intermixed situation. In order to bear the responsibility in this complicated situation, we must live by faith in God. First Kings 7:19 says, “And the capitals that were at the top of the pillars in the portico were of lily work.” The lily signifies a life of faith in God. First, we must condemn ourselves, realizing that we are fallen, incapable, unqualified, and that we are nothing. Then we must live by faith in God, not by what we are or by what we can do. We must be a lily existing by what God is to us, not by what we are. Our living on earth today depends upon Him. How can we possibly bear the responsibility in the intermixed and complicated church life? In ourselves, we are incapable of doing this, but we can do so if we live by faith in God. It is not I, but Christ who lives in me—this is the lily. It is not I who bear the responsibility—it is He who bears it, and I minister, not by myself but by Him.

 

On the one hand, we are the condemned and judged bronze; on the other hand, we are the living lilies. The bronze means “not I,” and the lily means “but Christ.” Those who are lilies can say, “The life that I now live, I live by the faith of Jesus Christ.” (Life-study of Genesis, msg. 87)

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