April 20 Inspiration

From the Desk of Pastor Kyle

Friends: 

The Heidelberg Catechism, a guide for helping people learn the basics of the Christian faith written in 1563, begins like this:

Q:

What is your only comfort in life and in death? 

A: That I am not my own, but belong—body and soul, in life and in death—to my faithful savior, Jesus Christ…Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him. 

For Paul, this is what lies at the heart of the Gospel, and this is what Paul means when he repeatedly reminds his readers that they are “in Christ.” For Paul to be “in Christ” is to have been united with Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, to have shared in his death and resurrection. All those who are in Christincluding you and me–have died to their old, sinful way of life so that in Christ, we can now live in intimate, sustaining relationship with the God who loves us and created us, exactly as God always intended.  

We belong to Christ completely. No part of our life is beyond his reach. Nothing can rip us away from him. Through faith, Christ has taken hold of our lives, and because he died for us, we can now live every day for him, fueled by God’s Spirit. 

So, here’s a question you can think about this week: How is God’s Spirit making me wholeheartedly willing and ready to live for Christ? 

Grace and peace,
Kyle