Have you ever tried to run without breathing? I’d never tried it, so I gave it a go today. It’s hard! It’s unsustainable for even a short time.
I read somewhere today that running without breathing is like trying to live the Christian life without Christ’s help. Jesus said that we can do nothing without Him. I’ve realised lately that without God, my life would look completely different. I’d always known that, but it’s been going to a deeper level. I became a Christian when I was three years old, and that’s awesome, but it means that I don’t know my ‘before and after’ story. However, I believe that without God in my life, I would be a selfish, proud, rebellious, angry, impatient, self-pitying teenager! Those are the things I’ve had to fight against, and without Jesus’ salvation from darkness and Him breaking the chains of sin on my life, that’s where I would be today. I know that without the Holy Spirit I couldn’t be who I am now. If you know me you might find it hard to believe, because people think I’m a sweet, good-natured girl, but honestly, it’s all by the grace of God!
But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man [salvation] is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26, ESV
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20, ESV
We need Christ. Praise God for His indescribable gift which now ‘breathes’ in us!