Daily Devotion for April 25, 2017
'Christ in Me'
Colossians 1:27 NKJV
God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
2 Corinthians 13:5
Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.
And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
The first time I was pregnant, the first time I had a little life “in” me, I made drastic changes to the way I was living. I not only became far more careful in what I was putting into my body (less caffeine, less junk food, different allergy medications, more water...), but I also started avoiding exposure to certain things (like gas fumes and cat litter). I willingly (eagerly!) took these steps because I was a vessel for the valuable life “in” me. Moreover, even though I was somewhat miserable as a pregnant lady (I didn't hold down food well), I was filled with joy every time I felt the life “in” me doing things—every time I felt a kick or punch that rearranged my internal organs. Those punches and kicks let me know the life “in” me was alive and well, growing stronger, taking more room (taking over!) inside me...
My Bible time this morning reminded me that “Christ is in” me. As I considered how precious He is, and as I compared what I (eagerly! Willingly!) did for my babies to what I do for Him, I wondered to myself...
“Am I being wisely selective about what I put in my body (what my eyes see, what my ears hear), on account of the precious Savior 'in' me?
And am I avoiding exposure to those things that grieve the Holy Spirit, and am I avoiding doing those things that defile my Lord—on account of the Spirit of my Savior 'in' me?
Am I filled with joy when the Lord rearranges my life (for His glory!) so HIS life takes up more room 'in' me?”
Lord Jesus, forgive us Believers for the times we have not rightly lived as people who value the incredible “riches of the glory” we have—“which is (You) in” us! Thank You for dwelling “in (our) hearts through faith,” Lord (Ephesians 3:17). Help us—through Your indwelling Spirit—to be 1) more selective about what we allow ourselves to see and hear, 2) to rightly avoid exposure to that which grieves Your Spirit, and 3) to be filled with joy as You make changes and take up more room in us! We ask this so we can increasingly say, “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” (Galatians 2:20).
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