'Christ in You...'
by Dale Krebbs
Living in a fast changing world, it is almost impossible to see very far ahead in our lives. Usually only a few days, or even a few hours. This is as far as we can see ahead of us.
However, Christ is walking just ahead of us. Unseen and usually, quietly. By the direction of the Holy Spirit, we are led just behind Him. Without knowing, we walk in His footprints. This being so, we are spiritually safe. Where He leads, we follow, being led by the Holy Spirit.
Sometimes a sheep gets lost - not lost spiritually, but lost as to orientation and the ominous directions that our world is taking us without our knowledge or consent. Our lives can change constantly and at times seem to change by the hour.
It can be difficult to continue on the road of our calling, whatever that may be.
Sometimes Jesus must carry us, as He illustrated in a parable of the lost sheep. There is no sheep that is considered more valuable than the others. Regardless of the condition of the sheep, He searches until the lost sheep is found, carried and protected, all the way safely to the protected sheepfold. He will search until it is found…regardless of how long or how far the sheep has gone, or it’s condition.
This is because the sheep has been called and chosen, and He has promised that He will not never loose one of His sheep.
There is a city in America where is very easy to get lost. It is so very dangerous to get lost in this city that people need to walk in groups of two or more. If one becomes lost, or separated from the group, there is no hope of finding the way back to the original group. Other measures must be taken. In some parts of the city, one can become lost in some of the buildings. Some building interiors are more than a quarter of mile down one corridor, with offshoots in various directions. One can become lost with little hope of finding one’s destination within the edifice.
Our lives as believers in Christ in this world can become “lost”- not eternally lost - but, lost in the sense of spiritual directions, because of discouragement or just becoming weary with the struggle of resisting sin, circumstances, or many other realities we all face.
If you are a Christian, your life has already been arranged, predestined, ordered, directed, guided. Regardless of your circumstances of living, you are cared for, guarded, and provided for, regardless of the constant ups and downs of a volatile world - and above all - you are loved…loved by Jesus Christ and God the Father, more than anything else in the universe.
Yes, you will always have trying experiences and circumstances. But He will never let them destroy you if you are patient and endue. God will not allow you to be tried beyond that which you can bare.
The world will become even more confusing and chaotic, but by drawing close to Christ, it will not become more than you can handle.
When we seem to feel we cannot bare our trouble, there is a promise in the Bible, written by the Apostle Paul, that has been very comforting to me. Perhaps you may be also. (The word “temptation” includes the connotation meaning any trial or hardship that is difficult to bare.)
“No temptation [regardless of its source] has overtaken or enticed you that is not common to human experience [nor is any temptation unusual or beyond human resistance]; but God is faithful [to His word—He is compassionate and trustworthy], and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability [to resist], but along with the temptation He [has in the past and is now and] will [always] provide the way out as well, so that you will be able to endure it [without yielding, and will overcome temptation with joy].” - 1 Corinthians 10:13 (AMP)
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