After salvation, Christ’s life in us is now our real life (Ephesians 1:23). Our fleshly leanings and desires are part of the old, carnal self, which is now dead in Christ (Galatians 2:20).
The sum total of our converted life is: Christ in me, and I in Christ (Colossians 2:9-10). He is all we need. His fullness dwells within us now. We are no longer our own, because Christ bought us with a price (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
Our life is so perfectly connected to Christ that people see Him instead of us, and they are drawn to His glory and love through us (Matthew 5:16).
Our whole spirit, body and soul – our mind, will and emotions – are kept holy and blameless by His Spirit until Christ returns (1 Thessalonians 5:23). He leads us in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake (Psalm 23:3).
We are competent as ministers of the Gospel of Christ only because of God’s spiritual covenant with mankind (2 Corinthians 3:6). Let us never pass up an opportunity to share with others the change that God brought into our life.
I once read this sentence, which greatly impacted my life: “Preach the Gospel at all times; if necessary, use words.”
We exemplify the Gospel in our words, thoughts and behavior. People see a difference in us, because Jesus abides within us. We are testimonies to others of the love of Christ in us and through us.
Father God, help us to live as testimonies to Your Word, which dwells within us by Your Holy Spirit. We want people to see Jesus when they look at us, we want our behavior and words to mirror Your life in us in such a way that people will glorify You when they interact with us (Matthew 5:16).
Make us a city set on hill, and a light that shines in this dark and discouraging world. Allow us opportunities to share with others what You do for us each day. Help them to see that You make a difference in our life and that living in the center of Your will is the happiest place on earth.
Thought for the Day:
The evidence that we have passed from the death of self-centered sin into eternal life is the love of Christ manifesting through us toward our Christian brothers and sisters, as well as to the world around us. – 1 John 3:14