Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?
(2 Corinthians 13:5)
What a powerful truth - God is inside of us if we have faith in Him! In fact, the apostle Paul referred to Christ's presence inside of believers as the "mystery of the gospel" (Col 1:27). Think about it - the same being who created the vast universe lives inside you and me, if we have faith in Him. But this great truth also comes with great responsibility. If He is inside of us, then WE have a power even greater than ourselves. So why doesn't it always show? Because there is a battle going on between our sinful nature and the Spirit of God (read Romans 7). What's the answer? Submission. Submit to God's plan, God's truth, God's Spirit inside of us that wants to show us a better way. James 4:7 says "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." My "better men" challenge to you (and me) is that we submit ourselves to God. We'll be glad we did.
Author: Mark Dwyer
Brett Lilly - Campus Pastor at Compass Church (95th campus), husband, father