In Galatians 2:20 the apostle Paul made an amazing statement that we are all aware of. There Paul said, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” Now, looking at this scripture, can you honestly say “Christ lives in me!”? How can this actually happen? Well, it is not some mystical or metaphysical indwelling. This happens when we embrace His will and live it out in our lives every minute of every day. This is what we see demonstrated in the life of Paul. Christ lived in Paul as Paul lived like Jesus. Those who follow Christ are not defined by some set of beliefs and practices. True discipleship, a true following of Christ is seen in us individually as we live in submission to His will. In other words, it is to think like Jesus, act like Jesus and talk like Jesus. Jesus is not simply one in whom we believe, His life is one that we emulate in our own lives.
You may remember a few years ago when one of the big things was bracelets being handed out everywhere that had the letters WWJD on them. What did those letters stand for? “What Would Jesus Do”. While they were handed out by many denominations, the words represented by those letters were very true in their statement. That is the question every true Christian should be asking about any and every decision we have to make in our lives. What would Jesus do, how would Jesus respond, what choice would Jesus make, which way would Jesus go? If we are truly going to allow Jesus to live in, dwell in us, this must be the way we make choices and decisions in our lives. What Jesus would have us do must come first and foremost above everything else in our lives.
Until next week, I love you all,