“This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it’s out in the open. God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their background, regardless of their religious standing. The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you … ” Colossians 1:26-27 The Message
The JesusLife is the “out-in-the-open-secret” of learning to love the LIFE that Christ is living in you. He said he would live his life through you. You may feel lost .. left out .. and locked up. The life that Jesus offers you is not life on your terms or you trying as hard as you can to discover what unlocks God’s blessings. You’ll no longer live on the inside like an orphan .. unwanted .. uninvited .. and unsure about who you are. God’s intended and intentional shape of your life is the life of his Son “in” you. It is a daily amazement that God hasn’t wasted any moment of your life. You may have .. but God…? Every second of your life has been consumed on a Cross .. everything new in you comes right out of an empty grave .. and everything connected to your life is now connected with Jesus. A WW1 desert assigned chaplain once said: “there is one who knows me better than I know myself, one who fathoms the remotest abyss of my heart and satisfies it, one who has brought me into the secure sense that he has met and solved every perplexity and problem of my mind.” You begin to live from the inside out with a confidence that God is good .. the Gospel is real .. and His grace is life-changing. Before your day begins, Jesus is there. As you walk throughout this day, Jesus is there. As you end this day, Jesus is there. He’s in you and your life is hidden out in the open .. in Him. It only takes a moment ..
“God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him.” Romans 8:29 The Message
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