Christ in You, the Hope of Glory

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by Linda Lucas

God has chosen you to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery,

which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom,

so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.

Colossians 1:27-28

 

While having lunch one day an old friend and I were visiting with some of our new found friends from Saudi Arabia. We were just talking and getting to know each other when one young lady looks at my friend, Tracy, and asks her, “What is your goal?” Then she turned and looked at me and said, “I know yours, but what is your goal?”, she said as she turned back to Tracy and awaited her response.

Really, she knows my goal?!  What does she think it is?  I had been evaluated and summed up and didn’t even realize it.  Tracy had a great candid answer that came from her heart.  So beautiful and simple is the gospel when we allow it to be.  Jesus told us to always be ready to give an answer for the hope that is within us.  We just never know when we will have that ‘Pop Quiz’ do we?

It is so important to be ready to give an answer for the hope that is in us, we may never have another chance to share truth and hope with that one individual who can meet Jesus when they meet us.  Wherever we go, whatever we do, Jesus, the Light of the World who dwells in us and dispels all darkness. As ambassadors for Christ, this is to be our goal.

A fellow laborer in Christ was sharing with us how sometimes workers go into a country of darkness and they say they can actually feel the evil, I have also heard people say this and have felt it too.  The oppression of the evil one is sometimes heavy to the point of tangible detection.   Regretfully, some have refused to remain and serve Christ in such a location out of fear.  Yet, this worker went on to report that we all too often forget the opposite is also true and much more powerful.  The presence and Light of God casts out all darkness.

One person, who lives in an area of such darkness, expressed to our worker the fact that their ill grandmother was actually physically better whenever this Christian worker was visiting in their home.

The presence of God is with us wherever we go.  His Light and His power supremely prevail, for greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world.  Let us fear not to go where He will send but love with a perfect love that will cast out all fear.

 

“You are from God, little children, and have overcome them;

because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.”

1 John 4:4

Let’s live like it!

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Author Linda Lucas

Hi! I’m Linda. I am a Midwest, born and raised, PK who grew a heart of passion for missions and the global church by way of being a witness to the exemplary lives of my parents and the missionaries that passed through our home. After attending Cincinnati Bible College for one year I married my husband, Jim Lucas. We have since been very blessed to raise three amazing sons, gain three wonderful daughters and three perfect grandchildren with one more on the way. Firmly believing that my ministry begins at home I was always a stay at home mom and ended up home educating the last 10 years of our sons education. My feet first hit foreign soil in the spring of 1993, joining with a Team Expansion partnership in the Ukraine for a 17 day journey through which my life and direction of service for the Lord were forever changed. Following that point of transformation I began serving on our church’s Missions Ministry and to participate in our annual, short term / exposure trips. By the year 2000 I found myself transplanted from Ohio to Indiana and leading these trips. I reconnected with Team Expansion in 2009 and am currently in partnership with Team Expansion as a volunteer Regional Mobilizer for NW Indiana, a Connections Trip leader and mobilize prayer warriors for the Shuar peoples of Ecuador. A favorite of passage of Scripture that gives me courage to do all that I do is Philippians 1:3-6: because of this passage my hope abounds and all fears are dispelled …To the work to the work… until all have heard … or He calls me home.

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