“…in the bowels of Jesus Christ.”
Jesus said “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you…” What does it mean to abide in Christ, to be in the bowels of Jesus Christ? How can we live in a place where we are totally submerged in Him, and in His will?
Submitting to the authority of the word is what this is all about. Remember John’s word at the beginning of his gospel. “The word became flesh and dwelt among us…” Jesus Christ is the word incarnate, living and breathing and showing us what the will of the Father is for our lives. Christian life does not merely consist of accepting the sacrifice of the cross as atonement for our sin – it is so much more than that.
Once we ask Jesus Christ to save us, the Holy Spirit enters into our lives to reveal to us the word. Slowly but surely we start to have a greater understanding of how the word applies to our life. It is in these times that we must be obedient to the word that is revealed to us. Little by little we work out our salvation by coming in line with the truths that God has shown us – this is walking in the light.
When we abide in Christ, we live those truths out every day, showing the world what the Father is like, just as Jesus did. We will spread the good news, we will pray for the sick and they will recover, we will forgive as we have been forgiven, we will speak the truth in love. When we do these things, and continue to grow in our knowledge of the word, then we can say, as Paul did, that we abide in the bowels of Jesus Christ.
I want to show the Father’s love to the world. Help me, Lord, to spend time in your word every day, in prayer every day, sharing your love every day. Help me to be a light to those in darkness, to be a ray of hope to those who are lost, to be a source of joy to all around me. Help me live a life that glorifies your name.