Christ in Me (Part 3/3 of New Year’s Series)

Every time I think, “I can’t do this! I’m not strong enough!” OR “I don’t want to do this; I’m too selfish!” OR “I failed again!” — instead I can think, “But Christ in me is more than enough.”  Because He is.

The theme on my heart for 2015 is this: “Christ in me.”

What does that mean? What does it really mean to have Christ living in us — the same power that raised Him from the dead, residing within us?

Corrie Ten Boom talked about this in her book “Tramp for the Lord.” (Different kind of tramp. If you’re anything like me, I know what you were thinking when you heard that title. But this is a “journey” kind of tramp.) She talked about her journeys around the globe, sharing how God helped her forgive the men who imprisoned and beat her as a concentration camp prisoner in WWII.

One day, however, a guard who had personally hurt her and her family came to one of her speaking events. He asked her forgiveness, and yet as she searched herself, forgiveness was nowhere to be found. That’s when she reminded herself that even when she is weak and unforgiving, Christ in her is more than enough.

She put out her hand to take the guard’s and offer forgiveness that came from the One inside her.

This will be a much-needed lesson for this year. There will be many moments when the last thing I want to do is be loving and kind, or unselfish. There will also be times when I feel insecure or unworthy.

But just because I feel one way won’t make it true.

Every time I think, “I can’t do this! I’m not strong enough!” OR “I don’t want to do this; I’m too selfish!” OR “I failed again!” — instead I can think, “But Christ in me is more than enough.”

Because He is.

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.”

Click here for New Year’s Blog Part 1/3: “James from Schenectady.”

Click here for New Year’s Blog Part 2/3: “Changing the World by Living.”

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