Life “In Christ” -- a “piece of cake” ?
The Bible, in Romans 8:28, makes a statement that doesn’t seem to fit with how we relate to our trials in life – and our aches and pains. The verse reads, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called to His purpose.” The verse doesn’t say some, it says all!
Those who get to Heaven will have an eternity to finally, really grasp the message put forth. In the interim let’s look at an earthly example to start our minds on the path to understanding. Consider a delicious, fresh-made chocolate cake….. and the individual ingredients that go into one. Many of the ingredients are definitely not enjoyed individually by most people.
First, the baker’s chocolate is not the sweet milk chocolate that we enjoy in candy kisses. It actually has a strong bitter flavor. Vinegar also is used and it’s not like drinking cider. Eggs may be great in an omelet but raw eggs can taste disgusting!
Even the lesser items of flour, baking soda and shortening are really not palatable alone. The only ingredient that seems nice alone is milk – is there one ingredient in your life that is good? Most likely there are more than one.
Now that we see an earthly principle evolving, it would seem that we now have to know how to be “In Christ”. The Bible, in John 15:4, gives us another earthly clue, “Abide in Me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in Me.”
We see that we need to be locked-in with Christ, He is able and willing to see that all of the events in our lives work together for our own good. Although we cannot comprehend HOW He accomplishes His promises to us, we accept that an omnipotent God can do anything He wishes to do.
Finally, in John 6:47 we read, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.” And therefore an everlasting time to enjoy the results of our subject verse. This very moment, confess that you are a sinner, ask for His forgiveness and invite Jesus to come into your heart and take control of your life.