I was 21 years old and had never heard God’s voice. I’d been in church every Sunday, memorised enormous chunks of Scripture and worked hard to keep the commandments, but I had never heard God speak to me personally. I knew a lot about God, but only in the way one knows the Queen through …Read More
It’s more than just a great time of year It’s time to catch up with family and friends, share a meal together, have a break from work and give gifts to those we love. It’s also a time we are bombarded with marketing, Christmas jingles, Santa and many other seasonal “stuff” – so much so we tend to …Read More
Vision Radio was on the air at Western Australia’s biggest rural event – the Dowerin Field Days. Many of our listeners in the region know that this two day event is ‘smack bang’ in the wheatbelt, and around 156 kilometres north of Perth. It’s a two hour scenic drive from Perth along what is known …Read More
‘This mystery… is Christ in you.’ Colossians 1:27 NIV
Paul writes, ‘Christ lives in me.’ (Galatians 2:20 NIV) No other religion makes such a claim. No other movement implies the living presence of its founder in his followers. No wonder Paul refers to it as ‘the mystery’. We comprehend the idea of Christ for me, or with me, or ahead of me. But Paul said it’s better than that—Christ in me!
In his writings Paul refers to this union with Christ 216 times. John mentions it 26 times. They describe a Christ who not only woos us to Himself, but actually ‘ones’ us with Himself. John writes, ‘Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.’ (1 John 4:15 ESV) Just as you own the home you live in, so the Christ who lives in you owns you. And when you own a home you rearrange it the way you want it. Likewise, Jesus moves in and commandeers your hands and feet, requisitions your mind and your tongue.
Do you sense things being rearranged in your life today? That’s ‘Christ in you’! And here’s what it means that He is in you: ‘God, in His foreknowledge… chose them long ago; when the time came He called them, He made them righteous in His sight, and then lifted them to the splendour of life as His own sons.’ (Romans 8:29 PHPS)
Ever hear the old saying, ‘Making a silk purse out of a pig’s ear’? That’s what Jesus does when He takes up residence in your heart. He has a plan for your life, and He also provides the power to fulfil it. And what’s your part? To surrender and cooperate fully with Him.
SoulFood: Jer 22–24, Luke 20:41–47, Ps 31, Prov 8:34–36
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2017