Posted by: bshelley | October 28, 2008

Through Me

Today’s Verse: Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. NASB

It is a struggle for most Christians to remember to put down their agendas and schedules daily and remember to let Christ influence their day. We tend to hit the ground running and fail to seek Him who is supposed to be in charge of our lives for marching orders. We just take off running, hoping to do our best for Him hopefully. Phil Crosby was one of the influential people in the quality business a few years ago. He talked of how most businesses and organizations were a bit too much like a how he viewed hockey games. The whistle blew and everyone is running around slapping at the puck or each other. Lots of activity with seemingly no strategy or organization. At the end of the game, or day, the whistle blows and everyone says “whew”, wipes their brow and head home. Everybody is worn out, but it isn’t clear if anyone made much progress. Crosby suggested that we should organize and run much more like an orchestra. Everyone has the music in front of them. They all know their parts and follow the conductor. Everyone working together. I bring this up simply to make the comparison to our Christian walk. All too often we are like the hockey player. Occasionally we look over at the coach for some instructions, but mostly we are in there slapping and swinging away the best we know how. To be honest, I am not even sure the idea of the symphony conductor properly explains how we are to be, albeit it would be for many an improvement. You see, ours is to be a different kind of relationship from either of those. Lest we forget, the apostle Paul is reminding us and the Galatian brethren that Christ is to live in us. Not around us or altogether above us, but in us. That is a very different relationship. We don’t quite internalize that fact when we look to Him in His word or in prayer as we start our day for some coaching or guidance. His Spirit is within us. We are to let Him live through us, not just use us when we are available. That is a level of maturity in Christ we should seek. The understanding that indeed we have died and Christ now lives and dwells in our place is one we must prayerfully seek continually if we are to truly let Him live in and through us.

Lord, forgive my seeking You as if we were not now one. Help me to learn how to lay down my desires, worries and personal agendas and let You live in and through me today and always. Help me to grow in that understanding that I might be useful and available to you every moment of every day. Amen.

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