For almost twenty years I had a beat up, old, broken-down mower. Each spring I dreaded going to the shed and pulling it out and fighting it all summer. Two years ago it finally gave out, and it was time for a new mower. So I went eagerly to the hardware store and bought a brand new, self-propelled, state of-the-art mower. It was a thing of beauty It started with one pull It mowed the grass with ease, and the self-propelled mechanism seemed to pull me along for the ride I was no longer mowing; I was taking a stroll behind a powerful machine that practically mowed without me.

The following spring I went out to get the mower from the shed, and there it was, all shiny and ready to eat grass. I began mowing, and about halfway through the backyard I noticed I was sweating profusely. My arms and legs were exhausted. I had two thoughts come into my mind: one, I am out of “mowing” shape, and two, this mower is really heavy and hard to maneuver. Then it hit me: I was not using the self-propelled mechanism. The mower, by itself, is rather heavy and hard to push and turn if you, like me, are not bright enough to squeeze the lever that activates the power drive. Once I squeezed the lever, behold, the mower took off without my effort, and I was once again along for a nice stroll.

My experience with the mower illustrates something true about the Christian life: when we have been raised with Christ, we are now “in Christ,” and Christ is “in us”; we have a new capacity, a new energy, a new power to live the Christian life. It is activated not by squeezing a lever but by aligning our minds and hearts with the available power of the kingdom of God that is now among us and in us (Colossians 1:27). When we do, we find ourselves pulled along for a very nice ride. We work, but we don’t sweat. We act, but a stronger, greater, quieter power is acting within and around us.”

Soul Training- Taking it Deeper:

Take some time to reflect on the following Scripture about being “In” Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:10-20 NIV

“So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sinfor us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
Taken from Hidden in Christ by James Bryan Smith. Copyright(c) 2013 by James Bryan Smith. Used by permission of InterVarsity Press, PO Box 1400, Downers Grove, IL 60515.