We all have many ways of thinking about who we are – our names, our relationships, our responsibilities – but the defining identity of every Christian is being “in Christ”.
This speaks of a deep, intimate relationship that we have with Jesus – one that is intensely personal but also one which each believer shares.
The things that God does for us are because we are “in Christ”, the blessings we receive are because we are “in Christ”, the wonderful future we can look forward to is due to our relationship with Christ. This is a central part of who we are and something to rejoice in.
And Jesus calls us to “remain in Him” – a challenge to keep living with Jesus as the centre of who we are.
Readings: John 15:1-17, 1 Corinthians 15:20-22, Galatians 3:26-29, Ephesians 1:3-4
Questions to think about:
- Jesus speaks about “remaining in him” (John 15:4). What have you found that helps you to do that, what things make it difficult?
- Paul says that God has “blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3). What does this mean to you?
- Paul speaks of a future when “in Christ all will be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:22). How does this hope, this confidence, encourage you today?