“It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me,” Galatians 2:20.
When I came across this passage in Galatians nearly 20 years ago while I was studying at seminary, it washed over me with a gentle, warm rain, because it felt so comforting and confident. It surprised me because I was in a class studying about St. Paul’s travels and his ministry when this passage one day simply overtook me. In fact, it made me stop and just sit with it, wondering exactly what St. Paul meant by his writing. I thought, “Imagine even realizing I would WANT Christ to live in me so that it was no longer I, but Christ himself, who resided within me?”
As a cradle Christian, I had become so used to the everyday, mundane experience of my life that I had forgotten how Christ himself could interact with each person I encountered throughout the day through me. I had forgotten that he wanted to use me to touch the world because I had come to believe that my faith experience was about me and not about touching the world with the freshness, the aliveness and the presence of Christ.
What if each one of us lived this day so that Christ could live in us and through us, as he touches the world with his healing balm and loving message of compassion and mercy? What if we made each expression toward others today one of acceptance and generosity, so that the person feels the healing presence of Christ himself?
Kate Walsh Soucheray is a licensed marriage and family therapist and works at Christian Heart Counseling, located at 275 3rd St. S., No. 303, Stillwater. She can be reached at 651-439-2059 ext. 718 or firstname.lastname@example.org.