Have you ever felt like a failure, or of no use to God, or thought that God wouldn’t want to answer your prayers?
Until I first read Colin Urquhart’s book, *In Christ Jesus*, I had never realized how significant that little word ‘*in*’ is in the New Testament. Understanding that, as a Christian, you are ‘*in*’ Christ Jesus revolutionizes how you see yourself, your self-image, your identity and how you understand your value to God.
Write your name on a piece of paper. Take hold of your Bible to represent Christ. Place the paper in the book and close it. You are in Christ. Where the book goes you go. Where the paper goes he goes. You are not part of the book, but you are now identified totally with the book. Paul uses this expression, ‘*in Christ Jesus’,* over and over again.
God has taken hold of you and placed you *in* Christ. In Christ, you have received ‘*every spiritual blessing*’ (Ephesians 1:3). All of the blessings, including those that the Old Testament speaks about, are yours in Christ.
And that’s the memo.
By Nicky Gumbel