The water of life is always available— and only available —here and now! And it is, indeed, freely available—whosoever will may come! All that is necessary is to repent—to turn from our time-bound, mind-made sense of self and abide in Christ (the Divine presence within us which is always the same—yesterday, today, and forever). In the process, we take up our cross— i.e. the Cross of Christ —which points the way back to the garden of God and the tree of life (cf. Revelation 2:7). This involves:
- drinking that cup and being baptized with that baptism (Mark 10:38; Matthew 20:22; John 18:11);
- presenting our bodies a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1);
- giving up our own priorities and submitting to God’s will for our life (Philippians 3:7-9; cf Luke 22:42).
From the standpoint of the carnal mind, this is terrifying. It means giving up the illusion of control and the possibility of temporal security. In exchange, however, we receive the eternal security that is the mind of Christ. By the grace of God:
- Our “old man” or “carnal mind” is (or begins to be) crucified with Christ and we are raised with him in newness of life (as described in Colossians 3, Galatians 5, II Corinthians 5, and Romans 6).
- We put on the “new man” which is “created after God in righteousness and true holiness” (Ephesians 4:24 KJV ).
- We see through the pretense and hypocrisy of the carnal mind [which is said to be hostile to God (Romans 8:7) but which becomes transparent in the light of Christ (cf. Ephesians 5:13-14; Hebrews 4:12)].
- We abide in Christ, here and now, instead of indulging in an inordinate preoccupation with the past and future. Among other things, this means:
- having the mind of Christ (I Corinthians 2:16);
- exchanging the cares of this world for the pearl of great price (Mark 4:19; Matthew 14:35);
- taking no thought for tomorrow (Matthew 6:34);
- learning in whatever state we are therewith to be content (Philippians 4:11-13);
- enjoying the peace that passes understanding (Philippians 4:4-7).
Living in this way, we are citizens of the kingdom and begin to enjoy, even now, eternal life in Christ–realizing, indeed, that his yoke is easy, his burden is light!
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