“But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness.”
Do you sometimes feel like there’s no life in you? Does it feel like one more thing will just be too much? There is a stark difference between those who have Christ living in them and those who do not. There is only life in those who are in the Spirit. At times when we feel like there is nothing left, we have this hope. While it may seem that some people are alive because they’re walking around and doing things people do, inside those who don’t have Christ are dead. They’re the walking dead. Those of us who have Christ in us, though, that’s not us. We’re alive.
Something spectacular happens when you surrender your life over to Jesus Christ. God takes what was once dead and makes it alive (Ephesians 2:5). If you are His, He’s brought you to life because now it’s no longer you who live, but Christ in you (Galatians 2:20). Your body is just a vessel to hold the Spirit that lives in you and through you (2 Corinthians 4:7). It’s not your power or mine that do great things; it’s the power of God working. It’s not your own power that will bring you up out of the despair you find yourself in, it’s His. Only His. That’s our hope. That’s our promise.
You see, we can’t live holy and sinless lives that would enable us to have such power. That’s why it’s evident that it’s the righteousness of Christ that makes it possible. It’s Him that lived a perfect life, and He is the one who purchased our ransom. He is able to do far more than we could ever even think or begin to imagine (Ephesians 3:20) and He does it through us, the living.
There’s nothing we could ever do to make God love us any less. Nothing. No amount of slipping or turning our backs on Him could make Him love His children less. It’s that a comfort? Likewise, nothing we could do could make Him love us any more than He already does. That may not seem comforting, but there is freedom in that. We never have to do anything to perform for Him so that He’ll love us. He just does. In Christ, we’re alive, free, and loved. The Spirit lives in us and gives us hope and peace. That’s more than anything the world can offer.
Matt Cochran is the children’s ministry director at Christ Fellowship of Tampa, serving over KidCity and Awana. He has a seminary degree in discipleship ministries and formerly served in the United States Marine Corps. He has been married to Rose for over a decade and they have three children.
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