“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
Here is one of the greatest secrets I know for living a victorious life: Holiness is not the way to Christ—Christ is the way to holiness.
Many times, we think, “If I could pray enough, live purely enough, study my Bible thoroughly enough, or get my life holy enough, that would bring me closer to Jesus. It would bring me into a relationship with Him.”
Not so! It is Jesus Christ who enables you to pray. It is Jesus Christ who enables you to study the Bible. It is Jesus Christ who enables you to live the pure life. Holiness is not the way to Christ—Christ is the way to holiness.
The way to be like Him is to see Him, to worship Him, and to praise Him. Then you’re changed; you’re made like Him. “As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness” (Psalm 17:15). You become like what you spend time with.
Claim now the fullness of God’s power. We can never work ourselves into being “holy enough” to qualify for closeness with Jesus. Just as Elisha was identified with Elijah, so you must be identified with the Lord Jesus Christ. It happens in a relationship—you must spend time with Him because, remember, we become like who we spend time with.