The key to all you and I will ever be is summed up by two words "in Christ". Our identification with Him in His work on the Cross brought us salvation. Our continuing with Him brings everlasting rewards.
When we were saved we became born again what? Christians. A Christian is one who is "in Christ".
Jesus tells us the secret to being "in" Him in John 15 as Jesus invites us into living His life - the Christian Life. The Christian Life is being "in Him". To be in Christ is to abide in Him.
Listen again to Christ's words in John as we continue to savor the depths of the truths Christ Jesus offers to us this day. John 15.1-7 repeatedly tells us we are "in" Him. That is the basis for our abiding.
How does it continue into daily life? Paul addresses that in Galatians 2.20. That is our next portion of God's Word we need to look at.
Galatians 2:20 "I have been crucified with Christ; 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 for me." NKJV
The Roman death by staking meant eye to eye, face to face, body to body in horrible transference of death. In Christ we find that being planted together with Him, crucified with Him means that we now are staked to Him so that His compassion and kindness can flow from us.
Mouths crucified/staked to Christ speak His way. Jesus spoke compassionate and healing words. Remember how He spoke?
- John 7:46 The officers answered, "No man ever spoke like this Man!" NKJV
When He speaks through us as we abide in Him our words become energized and empowered by Him.
- Colossians 4:6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. NKJV
When abiding in Him my mouth becomes a tool God uses to spread His love and compassion. But most of all - to witness His life and forgiveness offered through His salvation.
Give your mouth to Jesus. Let Him guard it and then fill it, and then use it!
Hands crucified/staked to Christ touch as He touched. Jesus touched others with love, kindness, and acceptance. Remember His Hands?
Jesus came to do God's will, so His hands were extended to do what His Father wanted done.
- John 4:34 Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work." NKJV
Eyes crucified/staked to Christ see as He saw. Jesus looked at people with love, kindness, and acceptance. Remember His eyes?
Jesus looked at the people of His world and was moved with compassion. Matthew 9:36 "But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd." NKJV
We are to live life looking unto Jesus as in Hebrews 12:2 "looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." NKJV
When abiding in Him my eyes become His eyes. Jesus sees what I am looking at is the best way to say it. Just like a video cam that displays on a monitor somewhere, Jesus dwells within our minds looking out at what it is we are seeing.
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