One of the glorious things about the Christian life is that God not only places you in Christ, but Christ also comes to live in you. It is one thing to be standing in a river and enjoy its benefits as it washes and refreshes you; it is another thing to have the river in you as a result of drinking from its waters. When the river is in you, you receive benefits that differ from the benefits you receive when you are standing in the river. The water now becomes a part of your being as it nourishes your body and supplies it with the minerals it needs to survive.
Being in Christ means that you receive the benefits of all that He has done for you through His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension; Christ being in you means that you receive the benefits of His presence, His character, and His nature within you.
- Being in Christ changes your position before God; Christ being in you changes the inward condition of your heart.
- Being in Christ brings you into heavenly realities; Christ being in you brings heavenly realities into your earthly walk.
- Being in Christ opens your eyes to the beauty of God's love; Christ being in you floods your heart with that same love.
- Being in Christ allows you to see what God wants you to become; Christ being in you means that you can become what God wants you to be.
God is not asking you to act like Jesus today. He is asking you to surrender to Jesus and trust Him completely to be in your life today. Letting Jesus be Jesus in you and through you makes this your best day. Trying to act like Jesus will only wear you down and tire you out. Expecting your efforts to be fruitful would be like cutting a branch off an apple tree and expecting it to grow apples. The reason an apple tree grows apples is because everything in an apple tree is designed for apples - within the sap is the life of every apple.
Think of this one truth as you go through this day: "Everything that is good, wise, loving, righteous, true, wonderful, kind, and caring is in Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ is living His life in me."
©Roy Lessin, 2015 Used with permission, MeadowRequests@gmail.com
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