Monday, March 27, 2017

The Shaft

I don't particularly like elevators, although I choose to use them often at work.

I used to joke to my co-workers that if the elevator ever stalled, they would need to punch me hard enough to knock me out.  Now I have decided that I would just sit down and take a nap.

The other day  I got onto the elevator and as I waited for the doors to close, I glanced down at the space between the elevator and the elevator shaft.  On the shaft was written the number of the floor I was currently on.

Seeing the writing on the wall of the elevator shaft focused my attention on the shaft itself, something I have rarely thought of.   I then began to think of what it would look like to see me, in the elevator, in the shaft, moving up and down the building.

That concept of me in the elevator and the elevator in the shaft and the shaft in the building reminded me of this verse. . .

 "I in them. and Thou in Me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that Thou hast sent Me, and hast loved them, as Thou hast loved Me."  (John 17:23.)

And this verse. . .

"For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God." (Colossians 3:3.)

If Christ is in me, and I am hid with Him in God, then I am about as safe as I can ever possibly be.  There is nothing that can touch the me that is hid "with Christ in God."  We are with Christ, He is within us, and we are in God.   The Apostle Paul said that  " Him we live, and move, and have our being;" (Acts 17:28.)  Everything we do is "in Him."  He encompasses us, and by our faith in the Lord Jesus He also indwells us.

There is no storm that can rail against my life that can touch that.  Just as I was in the elevator, in the shaft, in the building,  we are settled deep within God, with Christ, in a bedrock of safety and security.

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