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If We Are In Christ

Pilgrim's Progress

Pilgrim's Progress

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17)

If we are in Christ, then there is not one moment of our lives to which Jesus has no claim. We are His. You have not just turned wholly to God; you have also rejected the idol of “Me” and “Mine.” Christ becomes the treasure of our hearts.

It is easy to make an outward pretense of being a Christian. True Christianity, however, is a surrender of the will to the will of Christ. Jesus is served in every issue of life. God is to be glorified in all things. When we are in Christ, our thinking, our speaking, and our actions are committed in view of His glory. Everything is done in Him and through Him.

J. W. Chapman, when considering this topic, wrote these words:

“Anything that dims my vision for Christ, or takes away my taste for Bible study, or cramps me in my prayer life, or makes Christian work difficult, is wrong for me; and I must, as a Christian, turn away from it.”

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