Indwelling life of Christ
I was blessed with the following devotional and I wanted to capture it and pass it along to you. May it be encouraging, yet challenging for you.
Let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. – Matthew 5:16 NIV
In one of my all-time favorite books, The Indwelling Life of Christ, Major Ian Thomas explores the mystery and the power of living resurrected:
The true Christian life can be explained only in terms of Jesus Christ, and if your life as a Christian can still be explained in terms of you — your personality, your willpower, your gifts, your talents, your money, your courage, your scholarship, your dedication, your sacrifice, or your anything — then although you may have the Christian life, you are not yet living it.
If your life as a Christian can be explained in terms of you, what have you to offer to your neighbor next door? The way he lives his life can already be explained in terms of him, and so as far as he is concerned, the only difference between him and you is that you happen to be “religious” while he is not. “Christianity” may be your hobby, but not his, and there is nothing about the way you practice it which strikes him as at all remarkable. There is nothing about you which he does not feel himself equally capable without the inconvenience of becoming a Christian.
Only when your quality of life baffles your neighbors are you likely to get their attention. It must become patently obvious to them that the kind of life you are living is not only commendable, but beyond all human explanation.1
Oh how I want to live an inexplicable life that points to Jesus, and Jesus alone. Don’t you?
Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were amazed and recognized them as companions of Jesus. – Acts 4:13
How do people see you? When you are in the grocery store, or at a restaurant? When you are in a meeting at work? When you are in public, do people see who you are by your own merits or are they astonished by who you are influenced by?