Oct 21, 2011

‘Say it over and over to yourself first thing in the morning’ – the advice of Jim Packer

Jim Packer on the secret of the Christian life; being sure of who you are.

The immediate message of adoption to our hearts is surely this: Do I, as a Christian, understand myself? Do I know my own real identity? my own real destiny? I am a child of God. God is my Father; heaven is my home; every day is one day nearer. My Saviour is my brother; every Christian is my brother too.

Say it over and over to yourself first thing in the morning, last thing at night, as you wait in traffic, any time your mind is free, and ask that you may be enabled to live as one who knows it all to be utterly and completely true. For this is the Christian’s secret (of a happy life? – yes, certainly, but we¬†have¬†something both higher and profounder to say). This is the Christian’s secret of a Christian life, of a God-honouring life, and these are the aspects of the situation that really matter. May this secret become fully yours and fully mine.

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  • Grateful for this post. I have been praying to this end that God would teach me how to walk as he walked daily. It is true that our identity in Christ is our strength. The other day, while working, I was tempted to think that I wasn’t the best worker and in the end not even worth the while. I went for a walk and the Holy Spirit reminded me that I am loved by God. God is greater than all so then how do we compare? Therefore, since God loves us it is clear that it is not dependent on our performance or gifts (for we are but men) but on his desire to love us for his glory. God is my Father. Christ is my Savior. Every Christian is my brother too. I am worth while because he is worth while. Amen.

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