posted Jan 27, 2013, 7:08 AM by Dale Barnes
You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.” (Gal.3:26 NIV)  Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts.” (Gal.4:6 NIV)

Not only do we have a new relationship with Christ, but we are given freely the life of Jesus.  His Spirit dwells within us!  Jesus himself called it “living water.” He said,”Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (Jn.4:10.14 NIV)  Think of it; a new life source dwelling within your being.  “Christ in you!” Jesus cried out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me...streams of living water will flow from within him.”(Jn.7:37-38 NIV)

The Christian life is not just religious activities. It is a real life motivated and strengthened by the Spirit of Christ within.  The apostle said, “It is no longer I that lives, but Christ who lives in me.” (Gal.2:20)  Christianity is not just going to church regularly, giving some money and staying out of trouble.  It is realizing what God has given us; the very life of his Son, and learning to allow that life to flow through us, fulfilling God’s will.  

This is something we could never earn no matter how hard we would try.  It is the gift of God to all who will come to Christ, trust and follow him.  We are told not to “grieve the Spirit” or “quench the Spirit.” (Eph.4:30,1Th.5:19) First, however, we need to realize what we have, what God has freely given.  May it dawn on each of us; not as a Biblical teaching only, but dynamic truth that will motivate us into a new and fresh life in Christ.