“To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I labour, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.”
Colossians 1:27-29 (NIV UK)
In the musical the Sound of Music the question is asked in song, “how can you hold a moonbeam in your hand”? The answer is, you can’t. Too much energy. It will break out and shine in the darkness.
So often we try to contain energy, or at least control it. Like with our young children. Too boisterous. Be quiet. Sit over there and be still. Contain your exuberance.
“The Holy Spirit who lives in us” (2 Timothy 1:14) is not something we keep in a box. The mystery of God, described above, is that Christ, the Son, is in us. Jesus is within and among us through the Spirit, as Jesus had explained (John 14:17-18). Thus “God lives in us and his love is made complete in us” (1 John 4:12). Do we try to quench his flame within us (1 Thessalonians 5:19)?
Paul talks of Christ’s energy within him. He says he struggles with it. It is such a powerful force within him, a force for good, a godly desire burning deep within his soul. So it is with us. Jesus is in you and all his energy works within you. Don’t try to put a lid on it or to hide it in some way. Let it burst forth. Through you let the Sun of Righteousness rise with healing in its wings (Malachi 4:2).
Thank you, Lord, for the gift of the Holy Spirit. Thank you that Jesus lives in me, and that his energy revitalizes me day by day. Help me, Father, to respond to his energy.
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