Alive in me

For three days in a row now, I’ve woken up with the song “Alive In You,” by Jesus Culture and Kim Walker-Smith stuck in my head. The oddest part of this is that I haven’t listened to that song in weeks. It just “popped in there,” Stay-Puft Marshmallow-Man style. So, message received: I’m thinking about it, and talking about it.

You are God, You’re the Great “I Am”
Breath of life I breathe You in
Even in the fire, I’m alive in You
You are strong in my brokenness
Sovereign over every step
Even in the fire, I’m alive
I’m alive in You . . .
It’s no longer I who live, but Christ who lives within me

It’s a beautiful song, and Kim Walker-Smith has a spectacular voice. Today, I want to hone in on two lines in particular: “Breath of life, I breathe you in,” and “It’s no longer I who live, but Christ who lives within me.”

One of the most difficult concepts of Christianity (at least to me) is that Christ remains alive within all of us. Reading “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis helped, and I’d like to revisit some thoughts.

Lewis reiterates that there are three things that help bring the Christ-life into our hearts: belief, baptism, and Communion. Two of those I have, and the third–baptism–I am still seeking.  He goes on to clarify what having that Christ-life means: “When they speak of being ‘in Christ’ or of Christ being ‘in them,’ this is not simply a way of saying that they are thinking about Christ or copying Him. They mean that Christ is actually operating through them; that the whole mass of Christians are the physical organism through which Christ acts.”

What the above song is reiterating to me is that I have a relationship with Christ wherein I get to live through Him, and He blesses me by living through me. He will guide my actions when I put Him at the forefront of my mind and heart, which will thereby allow me to be worthy of carrying out His will. One of the most powerful lines in the entirety of Lewis’ masterwork comes in that same chapter, when he says “[A Christian] does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.”

Perhaps I needed a reminder of that, and that’s why the song kept rattling around in my mind. I need to renew my commitment to putting Him first and foremost in my thoughts, and allow the rest to come to me.

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