Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you’re alive it isn’t. - Richard Bach
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him,” (Col.2:6a –NIV)
As I reflected on that verse this morning, I was gripped by the words, “continue to live in him.” The most important word in that verse is the preposition “in”. We are not to live for ourselves or in our own abilities, but for Christ Jesus as Lord. Meaning what? It means that Jesus is not just to play a prominent role in our lives, but he is to be preeminent. He is to be the most important thing in our lives, every moment of every day. He is to literally be our life - 24/7.
In other words, “For to me to live is Christ...” (Phil.1:21). Another way of saying that is “for to me to live is for someone else to see Jesus in me.” Can you imagine what would happen if we made that our personal goal every day? It would certainly change the way we view things and the way we respond to life’s challenges. Can you imagine how fun work would be? Your life itself would motivate others, because of your contagious faith. You see, faith isn’t just something I say, but it’s who and whose I am every moment of every day. Paul went on to say, “rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith, as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” (Col.2:6b-7)
Do you see the relationship? There’s something amazing going on in my life that happens because I am living by faith - “in Him.” He becomes the very essence of my thoughts and actions and how they translate down into the way I live my life, the choices I make, the perspective I maintain, the confidence I have, the things I do, the way I relate and emote to others, etc.
Being in Christ, however, doesn’t change my circumstances it changes me. My circumstances might change as a result of living in Christ everyday, because He will be leading the way and I’ll merely be the tool He uses to live His life in me and through me…”strengthened in the faith”!
Therefore, I may not go through some difficult times, because He is leading the way. Wow! Reflect on that thought for a moment and it will put you on your knees. It did me!
Father, I realize today that it is very important that I concentrate on living and focusing my life on you. It’s so easy to be controlled by circumstances, people or things, rather than, being confident that you are in charge and leading the way. We live in trying and difficult times but, you have promised to go with us in our daily lives, through every valley, in our job situations, in our family life and to bring encouragement and strength to our lives, as we live by faith in YOU!May it be so! Amen! Amen!