Trading Places … Thankfully!

For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. (Colossians 3. 3  ESV)

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.  (Galatians 2. 20  ESV)

If my life is now hidden with Christ in the heavenlies, and it is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in and through me, then this means that in every situation that arises in my life I am not facing that situation alone, in and of myself. In fact, if St. Paul be taken literally, it is actually Christ Jesus facing whatever situation in and through me.

Today,  I especially have to remind myself of this awesome truth because I am currently facing what seems to be a rather desperate situation. I am facing something that seems to be unsolvable. Humanly speaking, it would be an understatement to say I’m “between a rock and a hard place…” but this is humanly speaking. 

The truth — divine Truth — is that I am not facing an unsolvable, overly-difficult situation. Christ Jesus, my Lord and Redeemer, is facing this situation with me, and not only with me but within me and through me. Therefore, I can and, in fact, need to remind myself that “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4. 13  ESV) And, of course, “what is impossible for mortals is possible with God.” (Luke 18. 27  NRSV)

So with the Psalmist I cry out in confidence, “I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth!” (Psalm 121. 1-2  ESV) Amen and Amen.


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