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Christ in You

I admire Paul’s selflessness. He radiates an “all I have is Christ” attitude and mindset. He begins this passage (Colossians 1:24-29) explaining how it brings him joy to suffer for Jesus’s sake because he accepts and appreciates the responsibility God has given him to proclaim the gospel. In this portion of the letter, he clarifies the need for Christians to be serious about ministry as he points the readers to the revealed mystery of God’s glory: Jesus Christ lives within them.

 Some people need to know “how” or “what” in a situation, but I’m a “why” person. I can face a lot of challenges if I understand why I have to do something. I’m thankful for Paul’s words here because he explains why we must be on fire for the gospel: Jesus is in us and empowers us to do so. As Paul explains in verses 28-29, “we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.”

 As Paul reveals one mystery, a few other mysteries crop up, such as what do we do with this portion of Jesus within us and how does Jesus work within us? We aren’t told what to do to share Jesus with others. There isn’t a sample manuscript for sharing the gospel or a flashy “5 Steps to Convert Someone to Christ” article in the New Testament. We aren’t told how Jesus dwells inside of us. Is there a physical particle? Is he in our brain?  I know that all sounds crazy, but at least we know why. We are to spend our energy and time allowing Jesus to work within us. How and what we do to share this gift of the gospel is part of our autonomy in Christ, but know that no matter what or how you choose to use your God-given spiritual gifts, you are assured of the hope of glory, or Jesus Christ working within your efforts.

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