"Christ in me, the hope of glory."
"I no longer live, but Christ lives in me."
"I in Christ and Christ in me."
Recently, I was reminded again that as a believer, I should be adding value everywhere I find myself, no matter where I am or who I’m with.
It’s not something that I need to "do" or "work to get better at."
It’s simply "letting out" Jesus who’s in me.
It’s sharing what I’ve received with the people around me.
Before I can let Jesus out, though, I need to receive Him and everything He’s giving me.
He gives salvation, but He gives so much more than that. Sometimes I don’t receive much of anything else He’s giving me.
When someone gives me a gift, I don’t ignore it or decide to wait to open it until I’m perfect or at least have improved. I don’t wait to open it until I have performed enough to deserve it.
I open it when I receive it!
Jesus brings so much if I’ll only receive what He’s giving!
An inheritance with Him from God.
He made me royalty.
Made me blameless and spotless.
He makes me bear fruit.
Fills me with good works.
In Philippians 4, Paul tells me to think only on things that are true.
What the Father says about us is true, right? If He says we are seated in heavenly places with Him, that we are blameless when He looks at us, we should believe that Jesus’ death and resurrection was literally big enough to do that.
When I waste time thinking about how imperfect I am, how far I have to go to always respond and love the way Jesus did, I’m thinking from me to God, not from God to me.
Anytime I’m thinking from me to God, I’m focusing on me, and the root of that thought process is pride.
When I’m thinking from God to me, I will be humble and have Godly thought processes.
I will live from the realization that I have done nothing from my own strength or greatness.
Everything that I am is Christ in me. Everything I’ve become is from receiving what Jesus is giving me.
IT’S ALL HIS WORK.
The only part I play is always, always saying yes.
ALWAYS saying yes.
That’s when dead things come to life, my thinking shifts to His thinking, my agenda yields to His agenda.
That’s when I let Jesus out.