Jesus In You!

This morning I had a neat experience.

In my prayer time, one thing I was praying about was my frustration with myself–over my own lack of growth in some areas, my continued struggles to break through some spiritual battles, once and for all, etc.

As I was praying, I believe the Holy Spirit led me to a verse. I looked it up and started studying it, along with several related verses.

The verse was Galatians 2:20:  “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

This verse, along with several passages similar to it (Romans 6, Galatians 4, Ephesians 4, etc.) tell us that the New Life we have–through our faith in Jesus–isn’t about ‘trying harder’ or ‘doing more’ for God. It is, instead, about letting Him have more control, realizing that He is The Only One who can change me. My responsibility is to walk with Him, to remain with Him (through prayer, worship, etc.), and He will change me more and more to reflect Him.

He Lives In Me!

So…I went along my way, and then, when it was time to exercise (today was Treadmill day), I selected a YouTube video–as I often do–of a sermon. In this case, it just happened to be by David Platt, Lead Pastor of McLean Bible Church in Washington, DC. It was called ‘The Secret to the Christian Life’. I was intrigued, so I pulled it up.

What was the secret?

It was the truth found in Galatians 2:20!

This was THE Scripture he was preaching on!

His point was this: Far too many Christians (all of us, at times) are frustrated and discouraged in their faith because it seems as though all their efforts don’t change anything. They’re essentially told ‘Try harder. Do more.’

His point–and the point the Lord had been communicating with me about this morning–was that ‘Trying harder’ is NOT the way to ‘Full Life’ in Jesus. Rather, giving Him more control, letting Him change me…being continually re-filled and refreshed in the Holy Spirit…that is the way!

This is why, later in Galatians, we are told that ‘The fruit OF THE SPIRIT is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23, emphasis added). 

That takes a bit of the ‘discouragement factor’ away.

It’s not about ‘being better’, ‘trying harder’ or ‘doing more’. It’s about walking closely to Him, letting Him change us.

THIS is the secret to ‘Full Life Living’ in Jesus!

…and it’s a whole lot more genuinely enjoyable than ‘religion’!

 

Here’s a link to Platt’s sermon: https://youtu.be/4HBEWJbmexM

You can skip to the 12:00 minute mark–that’s where he starts talking abou it.

Published by Pastor Dave Johnson

Follower of Jesus, Husband to Lori, Proud Father to 6 great kids, Co-Pastor of Kalamazoo Community Church. Long-suffering Detroit Lions fan.

4 thoughts on “Jesus In You!

  1. Very cool pastor Dave, I struggle so much each day with the fact I cannot remember the Bible verse as I should,or as my brain will allow. I pray ever nite for wisdom and healing. At times I can remember and other times not so much. I know some of it is do to the medicine I’m on. I don’t know when one stops and the other starts. With the verses you mentioned makes it a bit easier to say ok I’m trying to hard,but at the same time with my Christian up bringing I can’t just fake it till I make it. I do know that I’m harder on myself because of that as well.

    1. Carl, Thanks for sharing! I think one of the big things I’m still learning is that it’s more about ‘walking with Him’ than ‘doing for Him’. In other words, things like Prayer, Worship, etc–which are more ‘relational’–help me to be open to His influence on me more than ‘Memory’, etc.

      dj

  2. Galatians 2:20 is a verse I have remembered over the years…If I isolate it. If I deconstruct it, it almost sounds passive-aggressive. The reality is that “the not I but Christ, nevertheless I” is a mystery. I’m coming around again to first love living which includes walking with God first, not doing for God first. The struggle for me has been ‘earning God’s love’ as apposed to ‘receiving it’…cart before the horse ideology. It’s like Barbara and I walking the neighborhood (something we need to do). The walking opens opportunity for relationship. I ramble…anyway, thanks for this Dave!

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