Christ in You
“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.” Col. 1:27
The people we think about constantly are the ones who dwell within our hearts. They are the most beloved of our lives and apart from them our lives will be void of excitement and joy.
We can count them on our fingers for the number within the inner circle is rather small, and we feel pain when one happens to be missing. What makes life so much more joyful and meaningful are the few loved ones and friends by whom we are always surrounded.
We can’t help but keep on counting the days before the red letter day when we will be reunited with our loved ones or the how long before our husbands or wives return from their business trips or vacation. Indeed, we all have a few special people whom we consider persons closest to our hearts.
I suppose by this time you should know the point I am driving toward. How often during a given day does the thought of Christ enter into your mind? Are you keenly aware of his presence when you are busily engaged in various activities at home or in the office? This will not occur if Christ is not your beloved or and he is not in you.
This is, according to Paul, “the riches of this mystery, which is “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Isn’t this the time to ponder on this important truth and, if this isn’t the reality in your life, should you do something about it?
When my parents were growing older, I used to dread getting phone calls from them, for there was always a chance that I would hear some bad news. Sad to say, my love for them had long turned into obligation and they seemed to have turned into some sort of liability. The reason why I am saying this is it appeared that my love for them was waxing cold and there wasn’t much joy when they happened to come into my mind. This is obviously one of my greatest regrets concerning the way I treated my parents, and the same result may occur if I treat the Lord the same way. Our relationship with the Lord should always be based on mercy, not law, so there is always affection and joy when we think about the Lord, not what he requires from us. Therefore, “Christ in us” will become a thing of beauty and joy, not a sense of obligation and bondage.
There is always joy and loveliness when we think about the ones we dearly love, why does it have to be different when the thought of the Lord surfaces in our minds?