14th Anniversary Devotional: 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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