At present, we are working with the light of truth presented by Dr. Francis Schaeffer from his book True Spirituality where we are discussing the basic considerations of the Christian life, or true Christianity.
Finishing…. the chapter….Through Death to Resurrection
Picking-up from yesterday…this is sooooo powerful and freeing…..see this…get this……
Marcus Aurelius, the pagan, knew only a resignation. That is no more than being a creature because you must be a creature. Carl Gustav Jung knew a giving-in, a mere submission to the things that roll over us from the collective unconsciousness of our race, or from that which is without. But this is mere resignation, whereas the scriptural teaching is not mere resignation. I am a creature, it is true, but I have a calling to be the creature glorified. I must be the creature, but I do not have to be the creature like the clod in the field, the cabbage that is rotting in the field as the snow melts. I am called to be a creature by choice, on the basis of Christ’s finished work, by faith: the creature glorified.
Now I am ready for the war. Now there can be spirituality of a biblical sort. Now there can be a Christian life. Rejected, slain, raised: now we are ready to be used. But not only ready to be used in this present space-time world, but ready to enjoy it as the creature, ready to enjoy it in the light of its createdness by God and my own finiteness, and ready to enjoy it, yet see it as it is since the Fall. Justification is once for all. At one moment my guilt is declared gone forever, but this is not once for all. This is a moment-by-moment thing—a moment-by-moment being dead to all else and alive to God, a moment-by-moment stepping back by faith into the present world as though we had been raised from the dead.
And it is within this reality that I finally see the purpose of my being created…that the Creator knows me, loves me, and has a perfect plan for my life. God the Creator..knows ‘me’…loves ‘me’. I have purpose and meaning. My life has intention. Can you grasp that reality? Whoa…that is too wonderful!
Thoughts developed or used directly from the work of Schaeffer, Francis. True Spirituality . Tyndale House Publishers, Inc