Friday, November 16, 2012

Christ in You


The mystery which was hidden for ages 
has been revealed to His holy people,
which is Christ in and among you.
Colossians 1:27
The Gospel is so intricately woven,
so alive by the power of the Holy Spirit,
that we are at once caught up in
mind-warping mysteries like "Christ in you"
while simultaneously brought down to 
what "Christ in you" really means practically.

Clothe yourselves as God’s own chosen ones.
Put on tenderhearted mercy, kindness, 
a lowly opinion of yourselves, 
gentle ways, and tireless patience.
Forgive one another when offenses come.
Put on love, which binds everything together.
And let the peace of Christ rule—
act as umpire continually in your hearts.
And be thankful, giving praise to God always.
Colossians 3

When we actually choose these ways,
it signals we have an understanding
of what "Christ in you" really means.
His supernatural energy is alive in us
so that "as He is in this world, so are we."
If we really understand the mystery 
of "Christ in you,"
then we willingly offer ourselves 
as living sacrifices that He might live 
through us here on earth. 
It is the loftiest, most practical of religions.
I am confident our minds will be blown
when we get to see the fullness of Christ.
And the love of our Father.
But I am also confident that every decision
to choose kindness and mercy and humility
opens portals that we may see Him more clearly.
We get to know Him so that 
we might be more like Him; 
as we are like Him, we get to know Him more.
Oh, the calculated, wreckless decision of 
a loving Father to trust His kids 
with representing Him here 
by fully incarnating the life of His Son.
He is merciful, kind, gentle, patient, humble,
loving and the Prince of peace.
Jesus, I want to be more like You.
I want to choose Your ways.
Because You are worthy of my life.
All of it. Always.
May my thoughts and my deeds
bring honor to Your name.




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