As soon as I woke up this morning, I wrote this on a slip of paper: (“If Christ is in you, He’s not just there passively. He’s there actively working in you.”) That was ground-breaking in my consciousness. Now, after reading today’s edition of the blog, Wake-Up Call, I know one of the things that Jesus is doing in me. He’s attentively scratching the ground that He has planted inside my heart searching for signs of growth — the germination of HIs working to cultivate His life in me.
Paul of Tarsus wrote: “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Then he said: “Christ so powerfully works in me.” How does Jesus want to work inside of you? He wants to powerfully lead you, convict you, comfort you, heal you, teach you, strengthen you, protect you, train you, disciple you, release His glory in you, and much more — moment by moment.
Contend with your will that is intent on resisting and/or manipulating Jesus’ working in you. Fight to surrender to and fully cooperate with the way Jesus is attentively cultivating the field of your heart. Deny yourself and your own self-dependency. You don’t have the ability or the power to grow the spiritual seeds that Jesus is nurturing withing you. Make yourself step aside and let the ever-living Jesus freely break up your fallow ground. Rely on His ability and desire to cultivate you from within and carry you from glory to glory, not on your self-effort.