What does it mean to share in God’s glory? Jesus said, “The glory which you have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one” (John 17:22).
God wants us to see ourselves through the blood of Jesus, so that we can walk in total and complete freedom. Kris Vallotton says in his book The Supernatural Ways of Royalty, “Whenever we review the events of our lives apart from the blood of Jesus, we subject ourselves to the influence of the spirit of deception. In reality, my sinful past no longer exists. The Lamb of God purchased it with a payment in blood, forever removing my sins from the records of Heaven. The atoning blood of Jesus covers my sin, never to be uncovered again. Sin’s power to destroy us is itself destroyed by a superior reality of forgiveness.”
Once I see the truth of who I am in Christ, it takes the pressure off of me to perform. Performance is bondage. Performance gets in the way of in intimate walk with my Creator and the Lover of my soul. When I see myself as “dead to sin” but “alive to God,” it makes me want to pursue the Holy One who cleanses me and makes me holy. The fire of His love cleanses away anything that does not belong in my life. As He cleanses me, my futile efforts to perform fall away.
The Pharisees were so attached to their own performance and the religious spirit that controlled them. They couldn’t grasp the words of life that Jesus was speaking. “The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life” (John 6:63). God is calling the church to truly “KNOW HIM,” not just to do the right things. Once we truly know Him, we will experience that abundant life that Jesus came to bring, and doing the right things will not come out of our own effort. Our obedience will come out of knowing that we are one with Him. God changes us from the inside out, not from the outside in. If we are trying to be changed from the outside in, we are doing it with our own efforts…which is totally futile.
“They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares the Lord, “For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more” (Jeremiah 31:34).
God is calling the church away from a religious spirit and into intimacy with Him. Kris Vallotton also says “Reviewing the sinfulness of our past in order to become humble is a perversion. It actually creates shame; and shame is a poor counterfeit of humility. Shame is the fruit of humiliation that works against the truth. To maintain consciousness of sinful past to help us become more humble is the cruelty of a religious spirit; it requires us to keep something in our minds that isn’t in God’s. In reality, it is much more humbling to live in the liberty of unearned forgiveness. When we are forgiven, the King gives us permission to live as though we had never sinned….seeing my past through the blood of Jesus brings praise to my lips and frees me from the burden of a guilty heart.”
When we see ourselves the way the God sees us through the blood of Jesus, our lives can be touched by the royalty of God. We can comprehend what Jesus meant when He said, “”The glory which you have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one” (John 17:22).
Now read Romans 6:2b-7 with a new perspective. “We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. If we have been united with Him like this in His death, we will certainly also be united with Him in His resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin – because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.”
Obedience comes naturally when we see that we are truly freed from sin, and also when we have an intimate walk with the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
My prayer for anyone who reads this: “Father, I pray that your child will learn the intimacy that you are longing for with him/her. May he/she be set free from performance, deceit, discouragement, and shame…all of these are from the evil one who seeks to steal, kill and destroy. May your child see You clearly and know Your love deeply. May complete freedom come to him/her as he/she meditates on Who You are and on Your living word, which comes to bring us life and to cause rivers of living water to flow from us. May Your perfect love cast out all fear…all fear of man, all fear of failure, and all fear of rejection. Your child is loved perfectly and completely by You. May the depth of your love be revealed to your child.
(I would encourage you to read Kris Vallotton’s book, The Supernatural Ways of Royalty. It is a wonderful book that will help you to discover your true identity in Christ.)