Placed ‘in Christ’ for the Neighbors Among Whom We Live

We are in Christ

“Where are we?  In some locality of earth’s surface, where the will of God has set us.  Perhaps in a spot familiar to us … [a place] made to be …. what it is by a thousand associations of love, of loss, of joy, of grief; intensely near to our consciousness, …  Perhaps in some strange alien place, remote in miles from the home of old (it may be on the other side of the globe), or remoter still in character and circumstances.  And we are meant not to ignore this locality, but to accept it, to enter into it, to sympathize with it, to submit, to love.  But in order to do this aright we are called to remember our other and transcendent locality; we are ‘in Christ.'”  

       —H.C.G. Moule, Colossian and Philemon Studies, p. 28-29

“Oh God, you are our sovereign. You placed us where we are, in the community in which we live, among the neighbors we have, with the problems that they and we have, you have placed us here for your glory. But you have also placed us ‘in Christ our Savior?’ Thank you for the wonder of that placement. Thank you for the opportunities of our placement in our community’s. Make us bold to live ‘in Christ’ so that more of our neighbors could know you. In his name, Amen.”


5 thoughts on “Placed ‘in Christ’ for the Neighbors Among Whom We Live

  1. Hey Marty, This entry sounds like it was written just for us as we live and have our being here on the 7th floor of a high rise… surrounded by people we don’t know and are just learning to understand. We live in the reality of the problems that both “we” and “they” have. Life isn’t easy. How can we make our “in Christ” status be the center of everything. Thank you for your constant care to bring others closer to Christ and more effective in ministry. Paul and Laura

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    1. Paul, music to my ears. That’s why the blog exists–to encourage and resource God’s servants like you and your bride. You are one of my heroes. Let’s set up a Skype call. It would be great to talk.

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  2. Reblogged this on ChosenRebel's Blog and commented:

    “Where are we? In some locality of earth’s surface, where the will of God has set us. Perhaps in a spot familiar to us … [a place] made to be …. what it is by a thousand associations of love, of loss, of joy, of grief; intensely near to our consciousness

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  3. How to make our “in Christ” status be the center of everything is an excellent question. I wish I was asking this question 20 years ago. Walter Marshall gives these instructions in the Gospel Mystery of Sanctification . “Endeavour diligently to perform the great work of believing on Christ in a right manner, without any delay; and then also continue and increase in your most holy faith, that so your enjoyment of Christ, union and fellowship with Him, and all holiness by Him, may be begun, continued and increased in you.” I think I’m going to have a top ten books list and this one is going to be high on the list.

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