THE Secret to Christian Living

Usually, I like to hedge bets. I couch my claims with “in most cases,” or “usually,” or other qualifiers.

But here is one I will go out on a limb for. My pastor, Clyde Parker, summed up the secret for living a life that honors God. In this morning’s sermon, Clyde proclaimed, “Christ does not call us to do what is impossible for us to do. He only calls us to let him do in us what only he can do.” Thanks, Clyde, for walking us though Luke 6 and showing us how those last three stories all make this point

Allowing Jesus to live his live in us — the secret. It is “The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life” according to Hannah Whitehall Smith. It is the source of spiritual power, according to Thomas Kelly in “Testament of Devotion.” The apostle Paul revealed this secret in Galatians 2:20: “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me (NLT).

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