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23rd August 2015
One phrase has lived with me throughout the last 11 weeks as I've been on sabbatical: "...Christ in you, the hope of glory." (Colossians 1:27)
For the Christian, the reality is that Jesus is living in you – wherever you go, He goes with you. Christ being in you means two things: firstly, you will experience internal transformation; secondly, you will bring about external transformation.
Transformation takes place within us so that we can transform those around us. Christ in you means you are being taken from one degree of glory to another: you're different to who you were a few months ago because you are becoming increasingly like Jesus.
The world looks at the outward appearance but God looks at the heart. Peter writes that we are now "partakers of the divine nature" (2 Peter 1:4). The core of our nature is being changed. And Philippians says that God finishes the work He has started (1:6).
Christ in you means that you begin to understand your new nature as a son or daughter. We haven't just been saved for our sins to be forgiven and our consciences cleansed – amazing as those things are! – but we have been saved for adoption into His family. Whatever you've done, if you have accepted Jesus you are a co-heir with Him. Everything that is true of the Son, if you're in Him, is true of you!
Christ in you reveals who you really are. The Bible says that Christians have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). We are called to set our minds on things above (Colossians 3:2). You can know joy even when the most horrific things happen, because Christ is in you. You can know peace. You can know rest – no more striving to be accepted or for recognition.
Christ in you means He's the answer for everything. He is enough for you. He will never leave you nor forsake you.
As we as being transformed on the inside, we are called to transform the world around us. Kris Vallotton says: "You will always reproduce the environment around you that you cultivate within you." If we're going to see communities and cities and nations transformed, we need to be like vending machines that pour out love, extending it wherever we go.
We carry the Kingdom wherever we go. We are to steward what He's given us – grace, mercy, forgiveness, love and so much more – and give it away. Who can you pour out mercy and love on today? Who can you notice who no one else has spoken to today? We are to be Kingdom stewards, who give our grace because we have received so much of it!
Posted by Santino Hamberis