The challenge to live the Messianic life is not unique to our day and age—in fact, the obstacles of life that cloud our understanding of the ways of God have proven to be a formidable foe since the beginning.
To the believers of Galatia, who were trapped by their own doctrines and misconceptions about the Messianic life, Paul wrote,
“With Messiah I have been crucified, and no more do I live, but Messiah lives in me; and that which I now live in the body, I live in the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me…” Galatians 2:20
This is the foundational truth of the Messianic life, without which we have no hope: our life is no more—it is the life of Messiah we now live. When we think and act contrary to who Messiah is, we are living contrary to who we truly are. We live the Messianic life by thinking as the Master thought, walking as the Master walked, and completely laying down our lives for the Father’s service… just as the Son laid down His life for us.
Like the believers in Galatia, each one of us sees life through the filter of our own personal opinions and experiences. As disciples of Messiah, however, we need to come to a place where we are willing to set aside our opinions and experiences—even the ones we really like and that seem to be working for us—if they do not line up with the life of Messiah and the Word of God. If we remain in opposition to the Word, living according to our own desires and ways of doing things, we will be hindered in our ability to become the effective disciples of Messiah that we were remade to be—we will be unable to live the Messianic life.
When we choose God and neighbor over self, we are choosing to live the Messianic life. It is the most selfless life imaginable, and yet its rewards are without measure. “For you died, and your life has been hidden with the Messiah in God. When the Messiah—our life—is revealed, then we,too, will be revealed with Him in glory” (Colossians 3:3-4). If we are to truly be Messiah’s disciples, this is the life we must choose today—a life that is totally and completely “sold-out” to the Master… a life wholeheartedly devoted only to Yeshua.
The above was excerpted from my book, “Being a Disciple of Messiah”.
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