January 8, 2005
Some hotel and restroom doors have indicators stating either “occupied” or “vacant” and our privacy is protected. Auditoriums, restaurants, and other gathering places often have an occupancy capacity posted and by its observance our safety is protected. But how much consideration do we give to the occupancy of OUR LIFE? The challenge faced by too many is that of being preoccupied with or over-occupied by self, things, or the world when what is needed is to be occupied by Christ. We must be mindful of limiting what we allow to take up occupancy in OUR LIFE. What have we allowed to call OUR LIFE home?
Paul referred to the occupancy we need in the following verses.
“(9) You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, IF IN FACT THE SPIRIT OF GOD DWELLS IN YOU. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. (10) But IF CHRIST IS IN YOU, although the body is dead because of sin, the SPIRIT IS LIFE because of righteousness. (11) If THE SPIRIT OF HIM who raised Jesus from the dead DWELLS IN YOU, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also GIVE LIFE TO YOUR MORTAL BODIES THROUGH HIS SPIRIT WHO DWELLS IN YOU.” ( Romans 8:9-11 ESV)
Though Paul was alive, the source of sustaining power in his life was not because he lived, but because Christ lived in him. ( Galatians 2:20) If we truly desire to have life to the fullest, we also must be occupied by Christ and the things of God. To have this occupancy in OUR LIFE our safety for eternity will be protected.
What are we allowing to fill up the capacity of OUR LIFE? May we be sure to give up the space Christ deserves in OUR LIFE so that we may continue to receive the manifold benefits His life brings.
Have a great day MAINTAINING A HOME FOR CHRIST!
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