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It's Very Personal

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I 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

We live in a very individualistic culture and sometimes I wonder how much of what God does or wants is for us corporately rather than as individual people. He calls us his bride. We are the body of Christ. These refer to us collectively—all of us being one unit if you will. I had some grand thoughts about this the past week as I was out walking, though I can’t remember now what they were.

But here Paul indicates that what Jesus did was very personal. Christ lives in me. Jesus loves me. He gave himself for me. I may be a single cell in the baby toe nail of Christ’s body and surely God is able, though we are not, to see the whole body as it is. Yet, every single cell matters to him and not only matters but he loves each one. He loves me! He died for me. He lives in me.

Thank you God that I matter to you. Thank you for loving me, for dying for me, for living in me.

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DEBBIE HAUGHLAND CHAN
WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, CANADA

I'm married (35 years in December 2008) with four grown sons. I love my city (Winnipeg) and my country (Canada) and promote them both to whoever will listen. God (through Jesus Christ) is the biggest part of my life. I am learning to let him take control of all areas--though I do better at this some times more than others.

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