Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christ in Us

A famous German writer in one of his tales
tells of a certain silver lamp, which, 
when it was placed in a fisherman's hut
changed the hut, and all that was 
inside the hut, to silver.
It is the same with us.
Whenever Christ comes in contact with us,
everything is changed.
F E Marsh, 1908

Our goal is transformation
into the likeness of Christ.
And all of us, with unveiled faces,
because we continued to behold
in the Word of God as in a mirror
the glory of the Lord,
are constantly being transfigured
into His very own image
in ever increasing splendor and
from one degree of glory to another.
2 Corinthians 3:18
I have no hope but that
Christ lives in me.
There are days like today where I wrestle
with thoughts of inadequacy and doubt,
wondering if the emptiness I feel
will rule my day.

And then God reminds me that
my weakness attracts His strength.
It is Christ who dwells in me.
And I can do all things through Christ,
who strengthens me.
This isn’t some form of Scripture memory.
This isn’t reciting a verse of the day.
This is my desperate cry to remember
that it is not about me.
It is about Him.
I am a perfect recipient for grace
because all I have is
the knowledge that He loves me.
And He lives in me.
His cross beckons me
to come and die.
Because of this,
I, too, can live.

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