Devotional

Living your life’s purpose: Christ in you

Christ in you

You’re made for a purpose – on purpose. As Christ dwells with you and lives in you, He equips you to live and fully embrace your life’s purpose. It’s time to discover what the Bible says about how God intends to work through you – and how he wants to shine His life into a world that is desperate for what can only be found in Him.

Purpose
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God Is For You

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Have you ever wondered if God is really going to be there for you—that if you take a step of faith, He’ll really come through for you?

Like most people, you’ve probably tasted the grief and disappointment that come with heartbreak, loss, and failure.

But God has not abandoned you—and never will! He’s made you for a purpose, and He intends to see you through.

Think back to what happened when you gave your life to Jesus. You embraced a trustworthy Father who spared no expense to rescue you from sorrow, sin, and death itself. God gave up His own Son so that you could spend eternal life with Him. Through Christ’s final work on the cross, 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, (Colossians 1:13).

Since ancient times no one has heard,
    no ear has perceived,
no eye has seen any God besides you,
    who acts on behalf of those who wait for him. (Isaiah 64:4).

That stacks up as really good evidence that He is undeniably for you. 

When you experience disappointments, He walks you through the dark valley (Psalm 23:4) and invites you into a life of joy (Psalm 16:11).

When you feel dejected over your failures, remember that you are God’s beloved child. He looks upon you as one made perfect through Christ’s sacrifice (Hebrews 10:14). 

God is faithful. He has a purpose for your life, and He’s working all things together for your good according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). He is for you—today and forever.

Guided Prayer

  • Are you facing a disappointment? Ask the Lord to help you receive the hope and joy He has promised you. 
  • Pray for God to open your eyes today to see how He is near you, for you, and working things together for your good.
  • As you read today’s verses, praise God for acting on your behalf and giving you the gift of life. 

God Is With You

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God is in your midst. 

He doesn’t keep watch from a distance. He’s here at ground level with you, right in the middle of your life. And He’s rejoicing over you, delighting in you—pleased as can be to spend time with you (Zephaniah 3:17). 

Throughout the Bible, God reminds His people of His promise to be with them (Genesis 26:24; Isaiah 41:9-10). Jesus Christ was the ultimate fulfillment of that promise, becoming flesh and dwelling among us (John 1:14). 

At the beginning of the book of Matthew, we read that Jesus’ name is Immanuel, which means God with us (Matthew 1:23). The book closes with Jesus saying, “I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).

Those words are Christ’s steadfast promise to never leave your side—to be with you forever. He delights to enter into all the details of your day—to truly dwell with you—and to help you navigate it all. When you open the door to Him, He promises to come in and inhabit your whole life (Revelation 3:20).

Through Jesus, the Lord pours out His love into your life so that you are filled with all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:19). Being filled with His presence means you’re able to walk through every situation with unshakable joy. 

Today, may your heart overflow with inexpressible and glorious joy as you remember Jesus’ promise to be with you through every moment of your day (1 Peter 1:8-9).

Guided Prayer

  • Spend a few moments praying over your day and thanking God for spending every minute with you.
  • Pray for His joy to fill you as you soak in the knowledge that He is with you. 
  • As you read today’s verses, ask the Lord to help you truly experience His fullness today.  
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Christ Lives In You

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When you first embraced Jesus, a wonderful and mysterious thing happened: Christ made you new. He took over your old life, made you a new creation in Him (2 Corinthians 5:17), and ushered you into the plans and purposes He designed for you. 

Whatever is in your past, it no longer counts against you. Jesus Christ has redeemed you as His own and declared that you’ve been adopted into His family (Acts 17:28, Romans 8:15, Galatians 4:6). You belong to Christ, and He is in you helping you live a life of faith and purpose.

Without Jesus in our lives, we’re limited to a narrow human perspective shaped by our culture, upbringing, and personal preferences and tendencies. We make decisions as best as we can, and God’s Spirit can still guide us toward the right path. But without faith, our decisions are often bound by what we see and know, and they don’t take into account what God might have planned in our futures.

But when Christ lives in you, you’re equipped to live by faith in Him who loves you and gave His life for you (Galatians 2:20). His Spirit gives you understanding (1 Corinthians 2:12-13), informs your decisions, and helps you step into future opportunities and adventures that you could never dream up on your own. 

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)

Guided Prayer

  • Thank God that you belong to Christ, who lives in you and has made you a new creation.
  • Pray for Him to give you a fresh revelation of your adoption as His beloved child.
  • As you read today’s verses, ask God help you receive His wisdom, understanding, and direction for today.
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Christ Shines Through You

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God is for you, He is with you, and He’s in you—day in and day out.

Embracing this reality can change everything about your life. The ways you think, act, dream, and plan are transformed as Jesus renews your mind (Romans 12:2) and His peace guards your heart (Philippians 4:7).

The world is desperately seeking what can only be found in Jesus. When your life shines with lasting peace, joy, and hope, others can see what it’s like to embrace life with Christ. 

When Christ guides your day, others notice that your life is different. They see you choosing to trust God (instead of anxiously trying to control your circumstances) and showing kindness to those around you (instead of lashing out in anger).

When you hold onto Jesus’ peace instead of turning to anger or frenetic anxiety, you are proclaiming God’s faithfulness to a generation in need of His hope. You testify of Him who calls us out of darkness and welcomes us into His light (1 Peter 2:9).

The world is longing for the peace of Christ who is in you, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). God pours Himself into you because He loves you—and so others can see Christ shining through you, bringing glory to the Father (Matthew 5:16).

Guided Prayer

  • Praise God for giving you Christ—who fills you with His love and shines His life to those around you.
  • Ask the Lord to help you walk in His peace, love, and hope—so others can see Christ through you.
  • As you read today’s verses, ask Jesus to make His life in you even more apparent to those with whom you interact.
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