Ephesians 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace
Have you ever thought to yourself or caught yourself thinking, “If only I were the type of person who didn’t sin or do anything wrong, I would be so blessed!” Or maybe you have even woken up one morning and made a determination, “I’m not going to sin today, or lose my temper with that person or get mad.” Perhaps you are so desperate for God to do something in your life that you are living by the book and making sure that you don’t do anything wrong!
My friend, if this is how you are thinking or living, you are no longer “Christ-conscious,” but “sin-conscious.” Even when you haven’t done anything wrong, and you are making sure that you don’t do anything wrong, that is still being “sin-conscious.”
Sin-conscious is trying to live the ‘right type of life,’ or trying ‘not to sin,’ in your effort, to please God. But what God wants you to be is Christ-conscious. This means you are conscious that it was through the effort of Christ on the cross, that you are already accepted and righteous in God’s eyes.
Ephesians 1:7 reveals how you have been made right with God. It’s through the blood of Christ that we have the forgiveness of sins.
So being Christ-conscious is reminding yourself that Jesus is your source of righteousness and the more conscious you are of this truth, the more of His righteousness you will walk in.
God also wants you to be Christ-conscious when you need something from Him – whether it is healing; provision; wisdom; strength or His power.
What many Christians do when they need a breakthrough from God is start living a perfect, holy life thinking, this will speed up the blessing or bring a breakthrough from God. What brings you your breakthrough is the knowledge of who you are in Christ – it’s remaining conscious of everything that Christ purchased for you on the cross, is rightfully yours.
- Forgiveness is rightfully yours in Christ.
- Healing is rightfully yours in Christ.
- Provision is rightfully yours in Christ.
It doesn’t matter how good you are trying to be, your good works will never produce a greater measure of blessing from God. But what does produce a greater measure, is a greater revelation (consciousness) of who you are in Christ.
Paul says “grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of Christ” (2 Peter 1:2). Knowledge here is not just “head knowledge” but an “intimacy” with God. This intimacy comes through a personal revelation that you experience for yourself rather than hearing about God from someone else.
So your goal today and every day is simply to be continually reminding yourself of what Christ has done for you. Give Him all the glory, all the benefit and thank Him daily. This will make you more Christ-conscious!