When speaking to someone about “Christ in you” and how he is the one that is the real doer as Paul said, “I no longer live but Christ lives in me”, the question that always comes up is “What’s my part?” Ultimately our part is to let Christ do his part. It is somewhat tricky to explain I guess, but Jesus’ analogy about he being the vine and we being the branch is about as good as it gets. Without the vine the branch is good for nothing, and yet without a branch the vine has no way to express its life to the outer world.
While Christ himself is the life, and the only one that can live the Christian life, he didn’t create us as robots but as beings with a will so we might freely choose him over anything else. While he does place his Spirit in us to lead, guide and inspire us he leaves the final say up to us and never overrides our choosing.
Apparently when pagan priests or prophets, if you will, were speaking or acting on behalf of their “gods” they were taken over in such a way as to be controlled and unable to choose otherwise. This of course sounds a lot like some of the incidents Jesus encountered with demon possession. The unclean spirits would throw a young man into a fire or water or make a man cut himself. Our God, the only true God that is, doesn’t treat us that way rather he inspires and prompts, but he doesn’t force his way in.
Since we live in a world filled with temptation, or opportunities to rebel, we are thankful God has offered us his Spirit. While it must have been quite the experience to walk beside Jesus; think about how much more spectacular it is to have him dwelling within us. Just as he told his disciples “It’s better for you that I go away”, he’s saying to us today “I’m right here. I am always available for you to find wisdom in time of need all you have to do is ask.”
This reminds me of Revelation 3:20 when Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with me.” So there you have it. Our job is to open the door and let him in. Once he comes in he will make sure we know our part.
Written by Louie