To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
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There I was. People zoomed left and right around me, within this glorious city, glowing with foreign sparkle. A huge cathedral stood like a mountain, towering over my small frame. I observed everything, the people, speaking a different language, the hustle and the bustle, moving around me.
Would what I had in me – be enough? Would all that I contained inside me come out – and matter? I wasn’t so sure. I’d spent years, learning, studying and practicing “Hola’s” and “¿Cómo estás?” within the concrete walls of college, but here? Here in this place where people seem to talk a mile a minute?
What would happen if I unleashed the power within me? The idea scared me.
But still, I spoke – loud and proud. And what came about was a life-changing realization: my words had the ability to move with power, effectiveness and life. God opened my eyes.
Spanish was in me, but until this point, I never let it work through me.
Christ is in me, but often I don’t believe He’ll work through me.
“To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27).
There is power in realizing that the One – in you, wants to work – through you.
The hope of glory, Jesus Christ, is not in us just to hang out. He is in us to be worked out into the world.
Do I allow this?
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people, and His incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength He exerted when He raised Christ from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms… (Ephesians 1:18-20)
To think, I am empowered with the same strength that raised Jesus from the dead seems incomprehensible. It seems impossible. It seems impractical.
Which is probably why I live incapacitated and ineffective.
What if I really believed? What if I truly believed God wants to pour out His powerful hope onto others with transformational impact? What if I believed people might really see Christ through me? What if I believed I could change the world, in profound ways, like Jesus Christ changed the world?
Consider this for a moment, if you don’t think you can tackle something, you often don’t try. What a waste. The same goes for faith, if you don’t believe it, you’ll often never see it.
Today, let’s see Christ within us and let Him flow into the world with the power He has already told us we’re afforded.
Dear Lord, You have put “the hope of glory” in me. May I not be afraid of who You are. May I not be ashamed. May I not be fearful. Instead, may I be strong, confident and sure of Your strength. May I go into the world ready to shine Your light. Equip me and empower me.
In Jesus’ Name,
Now It’s Your Turn
Read Matthew 5:15. How does this verse encourage you to shine Jesus Christ brighter and farther?
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