I was listening to the Ransomed Heart podcast the other day that was talking about preparing for the Christmas season and all the emotions or stress that the holidays can bring. In it, John Eldredge said that everyday when he wakes up, before he gets out of bed or looks at a phone or does anything, he says out loud, “Jesus in me, live this day.”
I thought that was a nice thing to say. It’s kind of cool, it gets you focused on Jesus as your first thought, but it didn’t seem super life changing. The more I’ve thought about it over the past could of days, however, the more I see the power in that statement and action.
Jesus in me, live this day.
It is not me alone walking throughout each day. As a follower of Christ, Jesus is in me and with me, each step of the way. It’s something I’ve heard since I was a kid and I think I may have become a bit numb to the concept. But the reality is that it is a powerful and life changing truth. Jesus in me! In Colossians 1, we read:
24 Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church. 25 I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness— 26 the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. 27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory
Jesus in us isn’t just a buddy or someone to talk to, but the power of this truth is that Jesus in us is the hope of glory! We are proof of his promise to make all things new, to restore his creation to glory. Christ in us is the hope of glory. And Christ in us is walking with us each day. We can be confident knowing that Christ is in us, working in us and restoring us each day.
Jesus in me, live this day.
Live this day. Not just tolerate this day. Not just make it through this day. Not power through this day. Not hope this day goes fast so that we can make it to the next day. Live this day. In Deuteronomy 30, we read:
15 See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. 16 For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess. 17 But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, 18 I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. 19 This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live 20 and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Each day is a call to love the Lord, to walk in obedience, to keep his commands and to live. He says that he has given us two options to choose from: Life and death. We get to pick. We can choose to live each day to the fullest, walking with God, loving him and obeying his commands, or we can choose not to. You get to choose between life and death, between blessings and curses.
So, from now on, each day before I get out of bed or look at my phone or get caught up in the pressures of life, I will pray: Jesus in me, live this day. I am choosing Jesus and I am choosing life.