“Oh, my dear children! I feel as if I’m going through labor pains for you again, and they will continue until Christ is fully developed in your lives.” (Galatians 4:19, NLT)
Paul is telling us that the ultimate goal is to have the person of Jesus Christ formed in us. We need to realize what it means for Christ to live in us—to invite the Spirit of God to work in our lives as he reveals himself to us.
This is a lifelong process; I have yet to realize major aspects of this objective in my own life. However, I know that God wants to become more fully developed in my life and in the lives of other believers.
Jesus is the one who is the source of life that is now lived through us. Paul is great teacher of this concept:
For in him all the fullness of deity livesin bodily form, and you have been filled in him, who is the head over every ruler and authority.
I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. Sothe life I now live in the body, I live because of the faithfulness of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)
You too consider yourselvesdead to sin, butalive to God in Christ Jesus. (Romans 6:11)
Jesus Christ is inside each one of us as believers. We are complete in him. He is the one who gives us the power to accomplish all that God has planned for us.
Today, ask yourself:
What step will I take today to allow Christ to live his life more fully in me?