“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”
Thoughts… Christianity at its best is to live as Jesus would if he were in my place.
That’s what Paul is teaching. That’s what it means to “continue to live in him.” To “continue” pictures a lifestyle patterned after Christ’s. It simply means to walk as Jesus would walk if he were in your place. I John 2:6 says, “The one who says he abides in him ought himself to walk in the same manner as he walked.”
Actually, it means that we should not just live in him, but rather, we should allow him to fully live in us.
I love the story of a little girl and her mother who were having a conversation on the way home from church one Sunday. The girl turned to her mother and said, “Mommy, the preacher’s sermon this morning confused me.”
The mother said, “Oh? Why is that?”
The little girl said, “Well, he said that God is bigger than we are. Is that true?”
The mother replied, “Yes, that’s true honey.”
“And he also said that God lives in us? Is that true, Mommy?”
Again the mother replied, “Yes.”
So the girl said, “Well, if God is bigger than us and he lives in us, wouldn’t He show through?”
As we “continue to live in him” —to live as if Jesus himself were living in our place—to allow Jesus to live alongside and inside us—he will begin to show through!
That is Christianity at its best!
Prayer… Lord, I have just one simple request: So fully indwell me today that you show through!
One More Thing… “Beside Jesus, the whole lot of us are so contemptible…. But God is like Jesus, and like Jesus, He will not give up until we, too, are like Jesus.” —Frank Laubach