The Greater Plan

You can easily enough see how this kind of thing works by looking no further than your own body. Your body has many parts—limbs, organs, cells—but no matter how many parts you can name, you’re still one body. It’s exactly the same with Christ. By means of his one Spirit, we all said good-bye to our partial and piecemeal lives. We each used to independently call our own shots, but then we entered into a large and integrated life in which he has the final say in everything. (This is what we proclaimed in word and action when we were baptized.) Each of us is now a part of his resurrection body, refreshed and sustained at one fountain—his Spirit—where we all come to drink. 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 Message

I love how this is written. It simplifies what changed in me when I surrendered my life to Jesus and became a part of the family of God. He gathered me into Himself and gave purpose and meaning to my life. No longer just another human being wandering aimlessly in life, but a part of a family much bigger than anything imaginable.

My own spirit, which kept me alive and breathing, has become one with His Spirit and now we live together in my own body, making a difference in the world around us. He has taken the small gifts I had and boosted them in order to fulfill His purpose in the earth. I understand what Paul meant when he said, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)

We are a gift to this world because His Spirit is in us. For no other reason but that alone, we should be jumping for joy as to the purpose He gave us to live here. Laying down our own desires, hopes and dreams, knowing that His are far greater than anything we could ever imagine.

Stay focused on Him,

Sandy G

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