Monday, June 7, 2010

Christ in us? What's that?

Reading Watchman Nee. Still. My thoughts for the day from his "Changed into his Likeness" book:
  • If Christ lives in us, why are we striving to be better people? Aren't we good enough for God? If that's true, are our self-standards for behavior higher than his... or are they a deception and diversion?
  • If Christ-likeness is the goal of our spiritual transformation, is Christ-likeness the normal outcome of being "in Christ?" If so, why do so many of us become abnormally mean, ungrateful, and continue to sin against God and each other?
  • How much of our own effort is required to overcome sin? Has the cross truly accomplished full salvation or does God need our help to save us? If the cross is enough, why do we feel like failures for not "measuring up?"
  • Perhaps our primary role is to remove our resistance to letting Christ control us. Maybe the hardest part of Christ in us is to submit continually, letting the law of Christ (love) work itself out, the way gravity naturally overcomes weight and resistance.
  • What would we look like as a church if Christ in us meant Christ moving our hands and feet, our minds and spirits?
Read more:
*How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:9-11 NIV

*You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. Galatians 3:26-29 NIV

*Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 NIV

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