It is Christ Living In Me
“It is no longer I who live, but Christ living in me,” should be one of the most frequently spoken statements from the lips of professing Christians. Many Christians do not understand the riches found in the fore-mentioned statement. They know theologically what “Christ living in them” means, but lack the understanding to apply it to everyday life. They love Jesus and do their best for Him. Since their best for Jesus usually is not enough, their lives become lives of drudgery and burnout. Something is missing.
The something missing is not an “it.” The something is a person – Jesus Christ. “Christ in you” is our hope of glory. Jesus Christ is the Christian life.
The burnt out Christian is saved, but lives as though he is still spiritually dead. He lives like a dead corpse. A dead corpse does not need help; a dead corpse needs life. He needs the life of Jesus living in him to live His life through him. Only Jesus can. Only Jesus is qualified to be the Christian. The Christian is to be hidden with Christ in God. He is to take off his “dead” grave clothes (like Lazarus) so Jesus in him can be seen as a shining beacon.
A car cannot function without gasoline. A flashlight cannot function without batteries. To function normally, the Christian must have the presence of his Creator in him. Christ in the Christian puts God back into man. Jesus in him and living through him is normal Christian living.
It is the resurrected life of Jesus in the Christian that people must see. When the Christian permits Jesus to live His life through him, the fruit of the spirit comes forth. The Christian life becomes a complete joy. Being burnt out and overwhelmed becomes a thing of the past. He will have setbacks, but he gets up and grows toward maturity in Christ.
The Christian learns to rest in Jesus and lets Jesus worry about the results. Jesus is the vine; he is a branch. He rests totally dependent on the life of the vine to produce spiritual fruit through him. He simply bears fruit. A branch does not grunt, groan, or burn out to produce fruit; it simply bears fruit. Likewise, a Christian need not grunt or groan trying to live the Christian life for Jesus. He is to rest in Jesus, permitting Jesus to live His life through him.
Being free and enjoying our relationship with Jesus is normal Christian living. Jesus in us makes all things possible. Enjoy your life with Jesus in you, and apply daily, by faith, Jesus living through you. Continue confidently to say, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ living in me.” May people whom you encounter only see Jesus living in you.
(This was originally posted in Feb 2010. It is very applicable and appropriate to post it again. Be blessed and please share.)