Monday, January 31, 2011

THE FLESH COUNTS FOR NOTHING

NOTHING OF THE FLESH WILL COUNT.


"The Spirit gives life, the flesh counts for nothing."  --Jesus, Matt. 6:63


There is so much flesh in our normal striving after God.  Christ came to bring Spirit and Life.  Now the flesh counts for nothing, as He says to us today. 


Are you weak physically?  
Are you old?  
Are you young and inexperienced?  
Are you talented and strong?  
Are you sick?  
Are you poor?  
Are you rich and endowed with position and influence?
Are you man?  Woman?  Child?  
Are you in the East or in the West, North or South?  
Are you educated or uneducated?  


None of this matters, once Christ comes.


You are hearing Him say what drove many away from Him.  At this point in His ministry, Jesus laid out the hard truth, which was that we must eat and drink of Christ's flesh and blood, His Way, if we are to follow Him.  Read John 6:25-70.  Most of His followers wouldn't accept this teaching.  Just as most who claim to be with Christ today do not accept it.  And so are not really following Christ as He requires.  


Jesus was disregarded by many because He did not have the marks of what they thought a King should be.  They were looking for the things of flesh.  Instead, He came without the physical and educational and social and economic marks of worldly kingship.  He came without worldly titles or pedigrees.  He came without fanfare, into a rural area with only shepherds to witness the angels sing.  He came without money, being willing to live as a common carpenter.  He came without education, without religious schooling.  Even His ministry was humble, without marketing or a large following.  He came like many of us, without what the world thinks is needed to be successful.


Yet He says that the flesh counts for nothing.


What does this mean?  It means what He says.  That when Christ comes to us, and we come to Him, and we abide in Him, and He abides in us, that we can do anything that God wants to do through us.  There are no longer limitations of earthly nature.  We now live the life of Christ, who lives within us by His power.


Today, like Christ, you may have none of the things the world thinks are significant and count for something.  However, you count in the Kingdom, and have a place of honor at the banqueting table of Christ.


See John 15 for a complete look at this life.  Jesus tells us there that the flesh counts for nothing, and that we will accomplish spiritual feats, not by anything we bring in the flesh, but by what He brings into us.  By the Spirit of God we will conquer the uselessness of flesh, and be amazed by what Christ does in us and through us by that Spirit.


We are going to produce fruit that will last.  Fruit of righteousness in an evil and unbelieving world.  Fruit that the Father wants.  Not the useless fruit of the flesh, with its human pride of achievement.


Today, don't be chasing after anything of this world.  Let Christ dwell in your heart by faith, and the fruit of that dwelling will be obedience to His Word, and spiritual fruit that brings glory and honor to Him.  

1 comment:

  1. Very well said.

    I would like to add that John 6:63 enlightened me about fasting, as well.

    My flesh screams so loud, and drives so much of my life that the Spirit has very little room, if any. How can I hear the small, still voice with all this racket?

    I see now that fasting is a way to tame the flesh and put it in its place (which counts for nothing) so that the Spirit may breathe, and I can finally live (zoe).

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