‘Near’ is not enough

What a great last thought, expressed by Jesus in the closing sentence of His prayer, as recorded in John 17:26: ‘I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.’

The confidence we can have in Jesus’ words ‘and will continue to make you known’, in that, we have a God who has a continuous, on-going relationship with us. We don’t just have a two-thousand year old tradition, to assit us during our current journey!

Paul, in Roman 8:11, writes: ‘And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.

Also, John, in his letter 1 John 3:23-24, says; ‘And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: we know it by the Spirit he gave us.’

As usual, Selwyn’s final thoughts and prayer for today (as follows, below), provides an excellent summary – do you agree?

“We must have Christ within. Christ near is not enough. Christ above is not enough. Christ outside of us is not enough. Only Christ within is enough.

O Father, it is no exaggeration to describe the words ‘Christ in me’ as the essence of the gospel, for I see that a Christ not in me is a Christ not mine. May the wonder of it thrill my soul hour by hour, and day by day. Amen.”