Life On Target by Gary Ellis

Satisfied.  Fulfilled.  On target.  Those are words that describe what I feel like when I respond to the new law of Christ within me.  That’s how I know when I’m walking by His Spirit.

Unsatisfied. Unfulfilled.  Missing the target.  Those are words that describe what I feel like when I respond to – what the Bible calls – the flesh.

A “life on target” (Jesus called it, “The Abundant Life”) is the goal and the process.

Here are more descriptions of that life:

  • God minus religion
  • Jesus plus nothing
  • Freedom minus bondage

Religion is man’s attempt to do his or her best to comply with the rules that will satisfy God.  The word, religion, is made up of two words that mean to bind again.

Religion is natural mankind trying to be good for God.

Life on target is responding to Christ’s life within that is already good as God.

Man’s biggest problem today is not morality.  It’s trying to produce a moral life without The Life.  True morality is within the DNA of His life.  Responding to that Life is automatic morality … without attempts to produce morality with rules of behavior change.

Morality – Right Behavior – Godly Living is to the life of Christ as wet is to water.

To get wet, jump in the water.  Swim in it.  Float in it.  Respond to it.

How do I know if I’m responding to Life?

Did my actions feel satisfying, fulfilling, breathing, expanding, energizing?  Or, was the result unsatisfying, unfulfilling, suffocating, diminishing, weakening?

It’s Jesus plus nothing.  Don’t even consider measuring yourself, today, by a rule…even a good one.  Respond to Him.  He’s right there within you if you’ve invited Him to be there.

Gary

 

  • Re:The best doctrines are those that are birthed in the inner man of the heart as the Person of Jesus.
     
    “yeah, selah…well said” wow. Succinctly beautiful truth.
     Everything good in us is the work of the nature and character of the person of the High Prize Himself.
     
    Re: It’s Jesus plus nothing.  Don’t even consider measuring yourself, today, by a rule…even a good one.

    Brother, that’s one of the most liberating statements you could ever make…especially for the bazillion of us that have, or will at some point, try to measure our own growth because we love God so much or are trying to please Him and want to “know” how we are doing.

    I’m posting these on my Facebook with your name and blog url.

    Bless you, Karen & the Sanctuary family.

  • Anonymous

    Yep, Victoria.  Tis the Life Devine, and it is mine!  But, then again…it’s yours and Bill’s too 🙂
    Why doesn’t Bill check out the Quad Cities area for a job.  Actually a man in my congregation has a computer job at a company in Dubuque.  They live here in the Quad Cities, so it’s a lot of driving back and forth.  But, he said they are hiring.