24th November 2018

Pardon My French!

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Galatians 2:20 (NIV)

My colleague and I were out to lunch. She was remonstrating about a fellow colleague whose language was highly offensive. I listened as she expressed her outrage. During the tirade she said, “So I said to him – would you swear like that if Irene Wilson worked in this office?” I froze speechless waiting for the response. She continued, “’No he said, I would not.’ ‘Well, said I, don’t do it in front of me!’” My friend felt satisfied – she had solved the problem.

The conversation gave me much to think about afterwards. I did not work in that office where the problem was and yet I was used to rectify the issue – but no, it was not me who put things right, it was Jesus Christ living in me – He was in that office. How amazing that people can detect Jesus Christ without necessarily recognising Him. They know there is something different about Christians.

How marvellous that the very God lives in us! Romans 8:10 reminds us, “But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the spirit gives life because of righteousness.” God has set us apart and shown us a more ‘excellent way.’ This is not our doing – we have done nothing to earn our salvation, Jesus Christ did it for us. The apostle Paul explained “But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, my immediate response was not to consult any human being” (Galatians 1:15-16).

I am humbled and thankful that my friend saw Christ in me. I know that she and others need to see Him in me so much more. By God’s wonderful grace I pray that this will happen.

Great awesome God, thank you for allowing Christ to dwell in my heart. With your help please let me show Him to others more than I do at present.

Study by Irene Wilson

About the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, part of Grace Communion International, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: george.sueann.henderson49@gmail.com

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One Response to “24th November 2018”

  1. Clifford Marsh on November 24th, 2018 2:41 pm

    Thanks for Irenes day by day. I have also had a similar experience at work.
    Best wishes.

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