09 Feb Christ Lives In Me
“Christ lives in me.” According to Galatians 2:20, this is a reality for all those who have faithed Jesus in order to be right before God. Oh that this reality was my reality every day – every hour!
In 1979, yes 1979, a movie was released entitled “Alien” that contained a scene I will never forget. While around a lunch table on an alien planet, several explorers where eating when an alien literally exploded out of a man’s chest. I was in 10th grade and I remember my reaction like it was yesterday: I exploded off my seat and screamed like I had never screamed before. Needless to say – this scene was intended to shock and scare because it happened right in the middle of a calm moment in an otherwise tense film. If you will – let me draw some strange but true parallels from this film and our reality of “Christ lives in me”.
- Just like the man in the movie – we have someone living in us – housed in our body and soul. But what lives in us is not an alien or someone – it is GOD! The One who flung the stars into space, who put breath into your lungs, and life into your soul – lives in you!
- Just like the man in the movie – most of us don’t realize the life changing implications of Christ in us or the Holy Spirit actually dwelling in us.
God lives in you. He has made your soul his home. Literally, by faith in the work of the cross that has made you holy before God – holy God has come to live in us. We are His temple. He has come to dwell in us so we can know the joy and love of God through the presence of God Himself. This is why we were created – to know the joy and love of God’s presence with us. But, he also dwells in us because He is transforming – restoring us into the very perfect and holy image of God we were designed to reflect in and through our soul. Our soul was fractured by sin – broken if you will. In Christ – we are being restored every day by the indwelling Spirit of God.
Here is one practical truth from Galatians 2:20 and the statement – “Christ lives in me”.
If we reminded ourselves of the reality of Christ in us – everyday – we would more often enjoy God’s presence and submit to His restoring work in us.
I remember the shock and fear on the people’s faces in that scene as the alien burst from that man’s body. I often wonder how shocked people are around me – when God comes out of me – in love, in mercy, in truth, in hope, in the words of the gospel, and more. Oh, how I want the reality of Christ in me to not be a shock or surprise to me or others. Pray with me this week: Oh Lord, help us believe and live today with the reality that YOU GOD – live in us. May this move us to enjoy you today and submit to the beautiful and powerful restoration project You are about in us.
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life 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 (ESV)