What is the Christ-Life?
I’ve been studying, teaching, and writing on the “Christ life” since 2005. Whenever I mention the “Christ life,” those who are unfamiliar with the terminology, look at me with a glance that seems to say, “It sounds biblical, but I have no idea what you’re talking about.”
Let’s remove some of the mystery. The Christ life is a focused pursuit to be with God relationally, recognizing Jesus as your life, and trusting Him to live His life through you. It’s called different things in different circles. Some people call it the exchanged life or the relational life. Some people call it your new life in Christ, grace walk, liberated living, or even the normal Christian life.
Regardless of what it’s called, you can recognize it in conversation through familiar statements. Christianity is not about doing; it’s about being. Christianity is not religion; it’s relationship. Our goal is not to do something for God, but for God to do something through us.
It’s been my experience that when these truths begin to take hold in a Christian’s heart, it’s the starting point of so many other changes. There is exponential growth as God changes their character from the inside out. The Bible comes alive in ways they’ve never known. They tap into the strength of God that sustains them during the darkest times. They wake up to a life of joy that circumstances cannot remove from them. Worship comes alive. Relationships come alive. The promises of God come alive.
For the first time in their Christian journey, they’re living the words of Christ. “Whom the Son has set free is free indeed.” They are free.
In the next couple of posts, I’m going to break down a text in Galatians 2 that helps people see the specifics of the Christ-life and how it’s lived through them.