The out-living of the in-dwelling

So what does it look like if you are living your Christianity out loud?  If you are in fact living that way then other folks know that you are a follower of Jesus Christ.  What does the world see in you that tells them that you are a follower of Jesus Christ?  Paul, in his letter to the church at Galatia, wrote “I am crucified with Christ” (Galatians 2:20).  That single picture, a life absorbed and covered with the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, is the foundation, the bedrock of living your Christianity out loud.  It seems at once complex and yet it is so simple.  It is not about what we do but rather what Christ does within us.  What He does within us is, after all is said and done, what shows on the outside.  There is no fanfare.  There are no announcements or pictures in the local newspaper proclaiming our status as a follower of Jesus Christ.  Christian character, according to Paul, is the result of the indwelling Holy Spirit, not by anything that we do or produce.  Be very careful that your concentration is on that one thing:  It is not about what you do.  It is about what the Holy Spirit does through you.  Take a few minutes and read the first five verses of the gospel of John as Jesus explains our position in living our faith out loud.  These verses are indeed the root of living your faith out loud.  Your life as a Christian is not about you.

One thought on “The out-living of the in-dwelling

  1. Dan, this is it. It’s the whole thing. And I think as the Holy Spirit does work through us we become less conscious of our self. Mostly all we are conscious of is the joy of the Lord.

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