There are days when I feel flawed. When it is obvious to me just how much help I really need. When I look in the mirror and realize that I desperately need Jesus to deal with my sins.
There are days when I feel inadequate. When I wish I were a more effective minister. When I wish I were more competent in certain aspects of my work. When I feel like I am not doing well as a husband or father. When I feel inadequate in my walk with God.
There are days when I feel alone. When I hold other people’s secrets that can be told to no one. When I find myself pulling away from the people who I care about most. When I do not trust in God’s presence and instead rely on myself.
There are days when I feel like I have failed. When evil thoughts linger in my mind. When I respond to a situation immaturely. When I fail to trust in God’s promises and instead think about shortcuts. When I find myself talking to Charlotte in a manner that really doesn’t reflect Jesus. When my mind begins to reherse sins long ago forgiven but which are now alive in my memory.
I suppose all of this could be discouraging and depressing. Without Jesus, I think that I would finally shrug my shoulders in defeat and say, "Oh well, what’s the use?"
The good news is that Christ lives in me (Col. 1:27) and that makes all the difference in my life. Now look at life:
Christ in me means that I can rest in his completed work. It’s not up to me.
Christ in me means that I am wealthy. Forget the lottery! 16 million in the Lotto Texas jackpot this week? It doesn’t even begin to compare to what I already have in Christ.
Christ in me means I can rest in his grace. I donâ€™t have to worry about what will happen with my future. The pressure is off.
Christ in me means I no longer have to settle for the leftovers of life. Put the Tupperware and those leftovers away! I can experience Godâ€™s best, which is Jesus himself.
Christ in me means I have access to the very life of God. No one can take that away from me.
Christ in me means I can come to the end of this life and live in the presence of God forever.
Christ lives in me. The pressure is off.