In > With

One of my favorite verses in the bible is Psalm 73:23

“Yet I am always with you;

you hold me by my right hand.”

It’s a great verse to send to someone who is hurting or praying or hoping…

It’s a great mental image: God holding my hand. The Creator & Sustainer of the Universe… holding my hand. God is with me.

That’s a nice place to be.

What’s better than that?!

Good question.

IN. In is better.

Colossians 1:27 says that Christ is IN me. Not just WITH me.

Ephesians 1 says that the Holy Spirit is attached/connected/woven into my very soul (1:13-14). The letter goes on and reminds us that we now have within us the same exact power that raised Jesus from the grave (1:19-20)!

It’s almost hard to believe! It’s almost too good to be true… maybe it seems that way because I haven’t fully tapped into IN.

The same power that raised Jesus from the grave is IN me. Not just WITH me. IN.

I’m into IN. I like IN.

I need IN.

WITH was great, and in some sense it’s still true, but…

IN is better.

IN > with

Your Hope: Christ In You

Have you ever listened to a sermon that changed your life forever? I have twice. The first one was in 2001 at Forest Home, and the second one was 4 years later at Passion ‘05. Louie Giglio said this,

The question isn’t, “Do you know where you will go if you die tonight?” It’s, “If you don’t die, do you have the hope & confidence of a power source that will enable you to live triumphantly tomorrow?”

He went on to unpack Colossians 1:27, which speaks of Christ being in us, giving us that power to live triumphantly in this life.

It hit me like a wrecking ball. I’ve heard other people say similar things at that point, but for some reason those words grabbed me and have stuck with me ever since. That sermon that night changed me.

I’m sharing a similar sermon this weekend, and my prayer is that God will give many of the people in the crowd the same life-altering, world-view shattering experience.

Your Hope: Christ In You

Have you ever listened to a sermon that changed your life forever? I have twice. The first one was in 2001 at Forest Home, and the second one was 4 years later at Passion ‘05. Louie Giglio said this,

The question isn’t, “Do you know where you will go if you die tonight?” It’s, “If you don’t die, do you have the hope & confidence of a power source that will enable you to live triumphantly tomorrow?”

He went on to unpack Colossians 1:27, which speaks of Christ being in us, giving us that power to live triumphantly in this life.

It hit me like a wrecking ball. I’ve heard other people say similar things at that point, but for some reason those words grabbed me and have stuck with me ever since. That sermon that night changed me.

I’m sharing a similar sermon this weekend, and my prayer is that God will give many of the people in the crowd the same life-altering, world-view shattering experience.