Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
A pastor, author, and Christian leader shared about a time in his life when he was working so hard for the Lord. He was preaching, teaching, serving, writing, and ministering in Jesus’ name. But there was a big problem. In all his working for the Lord, he had lost his joy, his peace, his love, his passion, and his power. Ministry had become an empty chore. As he stopped to reflect on where he was spiritually, it dawned on him. He had missed the secret! He was living and serving without the secret.
What is the secret? The Christian life is not working hard in your own strength to serve God. According to Colossians 1:27, the Christian life is “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” “This message was kept secret for centuries and generations past, but now it has been revealed to God’s people. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory.”
In Old Testament times, the Lord had a temple for His people. But since Jesus came and died and rose again, God now has a people for His temple. The great, eternal, almighty God now lives in His people! If you truly know Jesus as Savior and Lord and have surrendered your life to Him, your very heart is the Holy of Holies.
1. You have power! You are inhabited by the King of Glory! He, who lives in you, wants to live through you. All that He is and can do is available to you, because He now lives inside!
2. You have assurance! The Lord has promised that He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).
3. You will share His glory! Without question, true Christians will have difficulties and persecutions but there is great glory awaiting those who are faithful to the Lord. Heaven is going to be more wonderful and more glorious than we could ever even imagine (1 Corinthians 2:9). So, keep standing firm as you remember the secret: Christ in you!