Tuesday, February 9, 2016

+DEV+ This Is Christ In You

Date: February 9, 2016 at 12:06 AM
Topic: +DEV+  This Is Christ In You

This Is Christ In You

"I eagerly expect and hope that I...will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body...For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain." Philippians 1:20-21

Scripture Focus: 1 Corinthians 10:31; Galatians 2:19-21

A false separation of the secular and sacred has arisen throughout Church history. During the middle ages monasteries and nunneries were built to house those who wished to separate themselves from secular society. They believed their sacred callings to be exalted. Even today many see those in "full-time ministry" to be answering God's call to a more "sacred" occupation. But the Bible makes no such distinction. All Christians - be they parents or physicians or computer programmers or secretaries or whatever - are in sacred occupations. 

We are each called to live for Christ in the sometimes mundane, average settings of our lives. In other words, we are called to put His kingdom and His Gospel at the top of our callings. Living for Christ - a desire implanted in us by the Holy Spirit at the new birth - should inform everything we think, say, and do. We begin to live in Christ, who also lives in us. What purpose! What assurance to know that my only comfort in life and in death is in living for Jesus!

Insight: To live for Christ is to die to self; "...in humility value others above yourselves..." (Philippians 2:3). this is Christ in you!

Please feel free to use this devotional to send on to your friends or share with your church fellowship and Bible study groups.

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