A Big God!
Don't you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16, NLT).
This is a story about a little girl who while on the way home from church, turned to her mother and said, "Mommy, the preacher's sermon this morning confused me."
The mother said, "Oh! Why is that?
The girl replied, "Well, he said that God is bigger than we are. Is that true?"
"Yes, that's true," the mother replied.
"He also said that God lives inside of us. Is that true too?"
Again the mother replied, "Yes."
"Well," said the girl, "if God is bigger than us and He lives inside of us, wouldn't He show through?"
Children have an amazing way of getting down to essentials without the pretenses that often accompany adults. What the little girl said in simple innocence was, indeed, a great theological truth.
When we receive Christ, God does begin to live inside of us. "Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16, NIV). "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, NIV).
After we receive Christ and we begin to walk in faith and obedience, His life should be seen in us. In fact, we should become more invisible and Christ more visible. About Jesus, John the Baptist exclaimed, "He must increase, but I must decrease" (John 3:30, KJV).
How do we decrease and how can He increase in our lives? It is by putting aside our selfish desires and through the enabling of the Holy Spirit inviting Jesus Christ to really be Lord of our lives, replacing our selfishness with His unselfishness, our lack of love for others with His love for others, our irritations and hostile feelings with His peace.
By our moment-by-moment choices throughout the day, we choose to say "no" to our flesh, which is at war with God (Romans 8:7-8) and invite Christ through the Holy Spirit to be in control of our lives in little things as well as in big things.
The apostle Paul said it this way, "I have been crucified with Christ
and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me" (Galatians 2:20, NIV).
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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