53 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. 55 For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. 56 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.
The above passage is part of the message this coming Sunday, but I felt that it was appropriate to share today. As you’ve probably noticed the blogging has been rather sporadic these days. Now, I can’t really blame this on Lydia (our newborn) because God has blessed us richly with a baby that sleeps for several hours at a time at night. Really the reason is that there have just been more pressing things arise, and their combined effect make for what I call “tired head” (thinking more slowly and struggleing at times for clarity) and a little drag in my step.
Now, I’m not complaining because I know God’s grace is abounding. However, He has charged us to abide in Him. Abiding is that blessed interaction with Christ where we live in accord with Him. This abiding idea is marked, as much as anything, by vitality and life. In fact, reading the Spurgeon devotional this morning was a great reminder of that. No matter how fatigued we all may get at different times, we should have vitality because of Christ and it should flow because of the Words of Life (the scriptures) we are to put before us on a regular basis.
That said, as I am heading to spend time with my accountability group, I realize that I will share with them my lack of time drinking deeply and eating the Words of Christ. Yes, I do feel like I’m living off “fumes” of better seasons in His word. Yet, enters in once again the vitality we find in abiding. Because Christ’s true drink is His blood and true food His body. Upon consuming His truth again I am reminded that my sin of neglect is also covered by that blood and satisfied in that body.
So, it is possible to be dead on your feet but alive in Christ. I exhort you as I exhort myself to show that “aliveness” by having vitality in your walk. Simply, make sure that you are consuming the true Christ through the scriptures. There is no other fount that will satisfy, and there is no other feast that fill.