Too often, Jesus is a distant outsider, stuck in history or religion. However, when He becomes your trusted Insider, life soars. The living Jesus is the ultimate insider. He wants to live, rule, and reign within you. That’s called the kingdom of God.
The outsider Jesus of religion tends to be formal, programmed, and controlled. The insider Jesus (Christ in you) is revolutionary. When Jesus is the Insider (living in you), many people will call you an outsider, because they “don’t get” His inner reality.
Having the risen Jesus living and active within you isn’t optional for a Christian. It’s the definition of a Christian.
No one needs to settle for external religious activities without the internal presence of Jesus. He’s alive and available to all. However, it’s hard to follow Jesus when you are unaware of His presence.
The insider Jesus is no hider. He wants to be glorious and bright within you. If your internal life’s a mess of angst, eternal life will be miserable. If it’s floods of joy, wonderful.
The insider Jesus helps you see no one as an outsider and to even love your enemies. You alone determine if the risen Jesus is an outsider or insider in your life.
Let Jesus cross the threshold from outsider to insider. Then let Him rule and reign within you. Let Him be the spiritual Insider in your life. Don’t pretend to hide your thoughts and feelings from Him.
Christianity can be external without being internal (“a form of godliness”), but when it’s internal, it’s automatically external. How you are inside is the way you really are. Outer appearance can be faked. Internal contortions twist your outward behavior & even your physical appearance.
Hearing a sermon can never compare with direct, personal, insider conversations with Jesus. Church tells you about an outsider Jesus. The early Christians experienced the insider Jesus living in them. The outsider Jesus can be left in a church building, but there’s no hiding from the insider Jesus.
Perhaps church should help people interact with Jesus internally, not just tell them about Him externally. Experiencing Jesus living inside of you is much more powerful than hearing a talk about Jesus outside of you. “Christ in you the hope of glory.”
For powerful “insider trading,” once and for all, replace the concept of Christ as a distant outsider with Christ alive and active inside of you. Let Jesus be your internal adjusting engine, changing you to be like Him. You can know about Jesus externally, but it’s much more powerful to know Him internally.
Jesus on the outside often feels like a long chance, but Jesus living on the inside is an amazing spiritual dance. Follow “Christ in you.” Let the insider Jesus lead you.
If Christ change your thoughts, words, and lifestyle, perhaps He’s not inside you. The body of Christ isn’t a building, a meeting, or an organization. It’s the people of God. The Bible never says, “A church service (or sermon), the hope of glory.” It says, “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
Evil in the world around us is dangerous. However, evil hidden inside us is even more so. Let the insider Jesus take the evil out. When you won’t confide what resides inside your heart, you’re relationships tend to stay stuck in superficial. When you begin to experience insider fading, let the light of the risen Jesus brightly shine within you.
If not careful, consumers can be consumed by they possessions and left internally empty. When the world around you is shut down, it can awaken you to the reality and importance of the world within you.
When you’re insulted, that’s an opportunity to “bless those who curse you.” There are so many missed opportunities! The world needs more words that benefit, to replace words that harm. If you’re unaware of what’s growing inside your heart, you may wake up one day to a harvest that you don’t want.
My hope is built, not on politics, but on the risen Jesus living inside of me. There’s no need to feel empty inside. Let the insider Jesus come in. Jesus doesn’t unfriend or unfollow people, but many people unfriend or unfollow Him. Outsiders around the world are invited to welcome the risen Jesus as the Insider who promises to reside and abide within them.