The Father’s Son became one of us to take our place even unto death. Now, he stands before his Father in our place and by his Spirit we know that his abba is ours. There is no need for us to find our own place before God for Christ alone is our place with God. Our lives are hidden with him in God.
We affirm all this as wonderfully true and yet, in our daily lives, we feel under pressure to focus much more on trying to find our own place with God. This distorted and distorting emphasis upon our own independent religious activity leads to frustration, failure and a lack of real assurance.
In our daily lives before our Father we must fully embrace that it is not what we are or do that counts, but Christ alone. We continually trust in who he is for us, with us and in us. We rest only in what he has done and continues to do for us. It is by his grace alone that we are put in the right with God, and by his grace alone that we live day by day as abba’s children.
The living Christ indwells us by the Spirit setting us free to rest in his transforming power. Trusting in him alone rather than our own efforts we live and move in joyful freedom before our Father. I no longer live but Christ lives in me and the life that I do live is by faith in the one who loved me and gave himself for me. I do so because he goes on loving me and giving himself to me as he lives his own life in and through me.