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In Christ Alone

In Christ Alone

Mike Rhoades | May 14, 2015

I love it when a song becomes new again, especially a worship song.

There are plenty of times when you hear the same song, performed in generally the same way, by another worship leader who sounds pretty much the same as everyone else.

But not today.

Today while listening to a band called Kings Kaleidoscope the song In Christ Alone hit me in a new and powerful way. There was passion behind the vocals, ingenuity in the arrangement and vulnerability throughout the performance.

By the time the singer began singing the final verse I was shaken to the core. “No guilt in life, no fear in death, this is the power of Christ in me,” is the first line of the final stanza and it’s packed with freedom.

In Christ, that is when we place our faith in Christ alone, we move from bondage to freedom.  It’s hard to explain, especially when phrases like, “Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living,” seem to talk about moving from one bondage to the next.  (Romans 6:18, NLT) In fact, the freedom found in Christ is so counterintuitive to our way of life that most struggle with it long after they "become a Christian."  

When we place our faith in Jesus, we are free from the stress of significance.  It becomes about who we represent and not about what we do. Because we come in the name of Jesus, our significance is based on Who resides in us and the One who works through us.  

Here's my point.

Never let anyone make you feel guilty for who you are or what you do.  If you are living a life that honors God than you are significant, because the worth of your significance is measured by the worth of an infinite God. How significant is God? Beyond measure? Then so are you. How important is the presence of God in someones life?  Extremely important?  Then so is your presence.

Live with joy, peace, and passion but never let your hope be tied to this life. Our hope is in Christ Alone. In His kingdom we are called kings and queens, sons and daughters. Our status is royalty by gift and not by ascension. 

In Christ alone, we have strength.  In Christ alone, we find rest.  In Christ alone, we are infinitely significant.

As we go, as we serve and build meaningful relationships with people, I pray the thing that makes us important is the One they see in us.

Be significant Pelicans!


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