So many times, when hearing a presentation of the gospel, you’ll hear someone say something like “You need to give your life to God”. If the truth is told the gospel message isn’t really us giving our lives to God rather it is God giving his life to us. Making statements about us giving our lives to God comes from a misunderstanding of us having our own independent lives when in reality we are not our own…ever.
Before someone is born again they are “of your father the devil” and “slave to sin.” After one is born again they are “children of God”, “slave to righteousness”, a “branch”. In other words the human being is never their own as in “just myself” because we are always joined to another. As in Adam all die; in Christ all are made alive. We are sinners by birth therefore we must be born again of the Spirit of God in order to be transferred out of Adam/Sin and put into Christ/righteousness and for Christ to be put into us. All of this can only happen because “God so loved the world he gave his only begotten Son…” We are told, “To them that received him to them he gave the power to become the sons of God…”
The lie that we humans are independent beings has been deeply rooted in us since the fall of Adam and seems to be the last thing to go, even after being born again. Our thinking goes something like this “Well, God saved me so now I need to imitate Jesus and do my best to serve God.” The reality is even after becoming a new creature in Christ we are still powerless to live the life. This is where God giving us his life is so valuable. Without him we can do nothing.
The Apostle Paul wrote in Galatians how he longed for “Christ to be formed in them.” This is what we all need. We all need to realize Christ in us is what is pleasing to God. God doesn’t give us eternal life as something separate from himself. “He that has the Son has the life; he that doesn’t have the Son has not the life.”