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In - a free devotion for this week's meetings

CTA - Christ to All /Jul. 21, 2019
In - a free devotion for this week's meetings

By Jeff Cloeter

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ (Ephesians 1:3 ESV).

Prepositions are funny little pieces of the English language. So small and yet packing so much powerful meaning. They are generally tiny words, limited to a few letters—with, of, after, in. But these little words “modify a noun or a noun phrase, coordinating a meaning that sets the language in a new direction.” Thank you, Webster’s.

The phrase “in Christ,” together with its variants “in him” and “in whom,” occurs eleven times in the first section of the first chapter of Ephesians. If you should ever wonder what God is thinking, if you should ever contemplate the meaning of life, if you should ever want to see what the mysterious will of God is, look for what he’s doing “in Christ.”

In Christ, God makes sure his will is accomplished. In him, the divine plan is enacted. In him, God’s will is revealed. You must not look anywhere else. Not in yourself, not in popularity or productivity, not in a friend or a spouse. The key to God’s master plan is simply “in Christ.” And this Christ is in you.

It’s not enough to claim the label “Christian.” You’re at a loss if you’ve simply read about him. It’s more than just being around Jesus. You must actually be in him. By his grace, that’s right where God places you. Not in yourself, not in a political party, not in a philosophy or a religion.

You have been set in the person of Jesus Christ. You are incorporated into his very being, included in all that he is and does. In his death, every shameful, ugly, obnoxious thing about you dies. And by his life, you are alive, full, and free. You are in Christ, and there’s no better place to be.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, forgive me for walking out and running away from you. Show me what it means to live in—in you and in this new life you’ve given me. Amen.

Editor’s note: Today’s devotion comes from one of CTA’s latest resources, Together: Living as Christ's ChurchThis devotion book and digital teaching tools come together to form a five-week experience that will encourage your worshipers to see how God is bringing everything in this world together. God sent Jesus for us, and he sends Jesus into the world through us, living as Christ’s Church!

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