14th Anniversary Celebration Devotional: Day 10

Day 10: EXPOSE The Gospel


And this is the secret: Christ lives in
you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory.

Colossians 1:27b NLT


We’ve already talked about how sharing
your faith or inviting someone to church can be uncomfortable. If we’re honest,
sometimes we just need assurance. God knows that. That’s why He tells us the
secret to assurance in sharing the Good News – Christ lives in us. Let that
truth soak in for a minute. The Bible tells us when we invite Christ into our
lives; the Spirit takes up residence in our hearts. We go through a heart
transplant, if you will, where our old, hardened hearts are replaced by the
very heart of God. In a recent interview, Max Lucado phrased it this way:
“Jesus' heart is inside me, and my heart is gone. So if God were to place a
stethoscope against my chest, he would hear the heart of Jesus Christ beating.”
That is your assurance in sharing your faith. Take heart that His heart is
inside you.



Praise God for choosing to fill us with
Christ when we accept Him as Lord and Savior. Ask God to forgive you for those
times when you’ve lived as if His heart wasn’t your own. Thank God for putting
the heart of Christ in C3 and its people. Give thanks for the assurance we have
in Christ. Pray for others to open their eyes to the fact that Christ dwells
within them. Pray that you would fully realize the potential and power of the
Spirit inside you. And pray for assurance when you invite someone to church
this week. 


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