Christ In Me - My Hope

Read Colossians 2:7-23

“To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Colossians 1:27, ESV)

As we endeavor to fast and thus lay our lives down for the sake of drawing close to God; know that fasting, in and of itself, won’t make our flesh any less appealing to us. Knowing God, however, will. Jesus said in John 17:3 “This is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” The ultimate end of eternal life is intimacy with God. And as we draw close to Him, our tendency to appease our fleshly desires will began to fade. This is all made possible by that wonderous mystery, Christ in us.

Why is it, then, that we struggle to please Him, when all we have to do is put our trust in the one who pleased Him?  We insist on putting forth a set of new rules by which to overcome sin when all we have to do is surrender to the within us. Paul tells us in Colossian 2:23 that

These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in conquering a person’s evil desires.” (Colossians 2:23, NLT)

Our victory over sin doesn’t make God love us. Rather Gods love gives us victory over sin. Fasting and self-sacrifice as a means of holiness, therefore, will only move us further from God instead of closer to Him. Humility recognizes what God has already accomplished apart from our meddling and embraces the free gift of God “Christ in us the hope of glory”! The effort, and therefore the accomplishment, is His and His alone. And for this, we love him!

“We love Him because He first loved us.”

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