Life in Christ
The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ Acts 17:24-28, NIV
Life can only come from life. This is why the word of God claims that life could only have come by special creation from the living God. As the Psalmist said, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well” (Psalm 139:14). Since God is the source of life, it is proper to recognize that without Him living in man, there will be no way that one would be able to live the life God designed. Life is in Christ. “In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind” (John1:4). From the text, Luke wrote about the Apostle Paul’s preaching in Athens. He told them about Jesus and the life that comes alone from knowing and trusting Him. He challenged them to believe in Jesus alone. Same challenge is presented in 1 John 5:11-12, “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.” Through your faith in His sacrificial death on the cross and resurrection life, “once you were dead and now your life is hid in Christ” (Colossians 3:3). Your life now is Christ Himself. So let His life flow through you and let it be manifested through your actions. Your desire should be in line with His will for your life. The desire should include bearing fruit, an exuberant worship, and a life of prayer being dependent upon God. After Paul spoke, there were those that believe, others would like to hear more, and there are those that completely rejected his teachings. How about you? Will you make His life your life? “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?” (Luke 9:24-25).