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IN TOUCH WITH GOD    by Edward Heppenstall

Love in Our Hearts MAY 19


I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not 1, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now five in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, arid gave himself for me. Gal. 2:20.

Are we able to say with conviction, "I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me"? This scripture must always stand as something fundamental in our Christian experience. Our distinct witness is that Christ actually lives His life in us. We experience nothing less than the supremacy of Christ over every part of our lives.

It will not do for us to say, "My religion is a private matter between Jesus Christ and me," that is, if you mean by private that no one else seems to know what you are standing for. Granted that the Christian faith is between you and Christ. But it is not a private affair, by any means.

If we are employed by a business firm or in an important profession, we do not say that the quality of service we render, the fraudulent work we cover up, the sabotage we cause, is our private affair. Neither can we say that our experience with God is our own private affair. There is no part of our lives that is nor affected by our being a Christian. We cannot say that what we watch on television, what we read, what we do for recreation, how we spend our time, is our private affair.

We are to be genuine through and through. Everything we do, every transaction we make, every business deal we engage in, every sport or pleasure we enjoy, becomes significant because Christ rules in all of these.

Christ is not communicated by argument. If our friends see no Christ in us, they are not likely to listen to our arguments on religion. On the other hand, if our religion is an example of Christ's very life, no one can reduce our faith to a set of opinions or ideas. They see that this same life can be theirs as well. Such a life will gain a ready hearing from men.

This last generation of people on earth must have the opportunity to see the saving truth of God in their own situation. Profession without reality detracts and denies the genuineness of the Christian religion. We must reject everything that contradicts living by faith in the Son of God.

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