Day 232 – Christ in Me
On: June 20, 2015   |   By: SWLadmin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. Luke 19:1-6

As we will discover tomorrow, Zacchaeus was wealthy because he cheated people out of their hard earned cash. A tax man is as popular as a traffic warden, but when he is taking more than he should, that’s particularly bad form. Yet, in spite of it all, this chief tax collector was keen to catch sight of Jesus as he was passing through town.

There is something magnetic about Jesus. Those who have no truck with religion are far more likely to be attracted to the person of Jesus than they are to Christianity. There’s something about His integrity, His freedom from the tentacles of human pride and greed. The church, by comparison, has a poor reputation due to a history of misalignment with the One who founded it.

Why? Because the members of that church, often with the best of intentions, are trying to emulate Jesus in their own strength, rather than submitting their whole lives to Him. We – I say “we” for I am in this place – can get in a complete tangle as we try to balance “normal” lives with the entirely abnormal demands of a life lived with “Christ in me”.

Here are a few verses giving insight into the idea that Christ lives in me and I in Him:

I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one – I in them and you in me – so that they may be brought to complete unity.  John 17:22-23

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. Galatians 2:20

God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1:27

I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him. Philippians 3:8,9

A prayer by the French priest, Michel Quoist, gives far better insight than I can into what Jesus and Paul mean when they speak about us being “In Christ”. I found myself asked to read “the voice of God”, quoted, in a service at my home church, just as I was at this point in Luke’s gospel. God has such mischievous ways of drawing our attention to things He is working on in our lives! I hope it helps.

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, please come, live in me, that I might know something of the mystery of “Christ in me”, as You live Your life through me, and I become less and You become more. Amen.

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