Now Christ lives his life in you! And even though your body may be dead because of the effects of sin, his life-giving Spirit imparts life to you because you are fully accepted by God. Yes, God raised Jesus to life! And since God’s Spirit of Resurrection lives in you, he will also raise your dying body to life by the same Spirit that breathes life into you! Romans 8:10-11 TPT
This is the most beautiful example of proxy I’ve ever seen. According to the dictionary, proxy means A person authorized to act for another, or the written authorization to act for another.
As I read and re-read this verse, pondering on the layers God was exposing to me, I realized that I must give Him the authorization to live His life in me. Don’t get me wrong, He’s been in me since I invited Him in, but like any good guest knows, there’s a difference between a ‘guest’ and an ‘owner’. An owner possesses rights a guest does not and unless the owner allows the guest to operate freely, they will enjoy being a guest only.
I’ve always tried to do things myself. They call it ‘self-sufficiency’ I guess, but it’s more of a control issue. I’ve always struggled with people who try to control me. But this is not that, is it? Or perhaps it is. I’m thinking I’m probably not the only one out there with this problem. Say it’s not so!
Many of us try to do everything ourselves and what a shame, when the guest we invited has the ability to change everything for us. Not out of desperation, but out of real relationship. Surrendering our need to control for our need to partner in covenant with the one who is strong where I am weak.
Jesus, I’m sorry for inviting you in and leaving you inactive. I see You sitting on the couch of my life, wondering when I’ll invite You to do everything You intended for me from the very beginning. Now that I see this, I feel exhausted! I’ve worked so hard to do it well and all along Your intention was to show me I could be everything I need to be through You. Be the owner of my life! I’ll sit with You and listen to Your wisdom and do what You tell me to do. It’s all for Your glory. Amen
Until Next Time,