March 26, 2020                                                                                 

Romans 8:10-11 … “But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness.” vs. 10

Sometimes when we read words like this in the Scripture, we long for the life which they promise, and we wonder what it might be like if Christ were actually in us. And we wish someone would tell us how we could actually make that happen. Does it take a special ceremony or maybe a specific prayer? But the truth is, Christ is already in us! The same Christ present in Jesus during his life and ministry, the same Christ who gave Jesus life in the presence of death, that universal Christ is part of our DNA, and has been with us from the beginning! What’s really sad is that so many live out their entire lives without the least bit awareness of this indwelling Christ. Obscured by sin and our obsession with the material, the internal Christ remains hidden–but not always! From time to time it happens in the course of living, that by grace, our inner light shines out for all to see. Those moments are harbingers of the new life that is waiting, a sign that one day Christ will raise us up to new life, and we will see the glory of God. What a blessing it is though, that people don’t need to wait for death to experience new life. It’s here for us now, and through the Spirit we can bask in the righteousness that is ours in Christ.

Thought for the Day: When do I notice the Christ that is in me?