Resident or guest?

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation.
(Hebrews 5:8-9 (NAS))

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him.
(Colossians 2:6(NIV))

The two verses go hand in hand. Jesus learned obedience even though He is the Son of God. He humbled Himself to the point of death for our sake. Because of this, He can offer eternal salvation.

Once we accept this salvation, we must not think that it is a one time relationship with Jesus. We must continually abide in Him and Him in us. We must open ourselves to the Holy Spirit and humbly listen to what the Holy Spirit is teaching us.

Jesus is the salvation. The perfect gift from God the Father. Once we accept that gift, we must open ourselves to what that gift truly means: an ever increasing walk of faith that will “perfect” us, or mature us in our faith walk. In order for this to happen, Jesus must continue to live in us as we continue to live in Him. We must remember that He will not force us to do anything. He will not stay where he is not wanted. He will only live in us if we allow it.

Does Jesus live in you or is He just an occasional guest?

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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