Years ago I had a mentor-friend named Donna. She was the one the Lord used to usher me into experiencing Christ in me as the One who does the doing in the Christian life! Her key phrase was (as I remember it) "God does it." Then, by the Spirit of God, came the realization that my indwelling Lord Jesus Christ is my All in All! He is the Father's Ultimate Gift to me...no-thing else, no-thing more!
Most of us Christians, when we pray, ask for things...money to pay a bill, a turn-around for a wayward child, healing from sickness, comfort in grief, hope for the future, wisdom for the pending decision, strength for the task ahead, courage for the scary opportunity, patience for the unendurable, stability for the unthinkable.
But God doesn't give us anything apart from His Son. He is the Gift! He is the "Stuff" we want...the Thing we ask for. So what we are really longing for is a greater experience of our Lord Jesus Christ, in and through our lives.
...when we touch Christ, we touch Life!
I love how Watchman Nee says it:
How we need to have our mind renewed so as to understand that aside from Christ God has no intention for us to have many so-called spiritual things. According to God’s arrangement, there are things; only, these things are Christ. For Christ is the sum of all spiritual things. Christ is our righteousness—He has not given us a righteousness. Christ is our sanctification—He has not granted us a thing called power to make us holy. Christ is our redemption—He has not offered us a redemption. Christ is the way—He has not opened to us another way in which to walk. Christ is the truth—He has not presented some truth before us for us to understand. Christ is the life—He has not conferred on us a thing called life.
Brothers and sisters, as we travel along God’s course, we will discover more and more that of all God’s grace there is only one grace, of all God’s gifts there is only one gift. That grace is Christ, that gift is also Christ. Thank God, day after day He is showing us how Christ is all-inclusive.” (Christ the Sum of All Spiritual Things)
Let that sink in a bit, dear friend. We are always asking for stuff in addition to Christ...but HE is All!
In case it takes you a while to grasp this, as it did me, rest right here and bask in the Glory of the Living Christ Whom the Scriptures describe as the Father's All!
In worship at church a few Sundays ago, I was moved by a song that sent my soul running to HIM who is Everything and Anything I could ever need. Enter in and run to Him Who is your All!
You are goodYou are goodWhen there's nothing good in meYou are loveYou are loveOn display for all to see
You are lightYou are lightWhen the darkness closes inYou are hopeYou are hopeYou have covered all my sin
You are peaceYou are peaceWhen my fear is cripplingYou are trueYou are trueEven in my wandering
You are joyYou are joyYou're the reason that I singYou are lifeYou are lifeIn you death has lost it's sting
Oh, I'm running to Your armsI'm running to Your armsThe riches of Your loveWill always be enoughNothing compares to Your embraceLight of the world forever reign
You are moreYou are moreThan my words will ever sayYou are LordYou are LordAll creation will proclaim
You are hereYou are hereIn your presence I'm made wholeYou are GodYou are GodOf all else I'm letting go
Hallelujah, foreverAll the glory, foreverAll the praise to You
My heart will singNo other nameJesus, Jesus