If there is one magic phrase in Scriptures, one open sesame to transformation, it is this one: "In Christ." "In Christ" stands as one of the Scripture's simplest, yet most profound statements.
Between the little preposition "in" and the name "Christ" can be found the entire meaning of the life of faith. "So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new Creation: everything old has passed away; see everything has become new."
To be "in Christ" means to let the Spirit of Christ so infiltrate your being that your very essence is affected. Every cell in your body becomes permeable to Christ's spirit, transforming you from the inside out. But a transformation this complete intimidates most people.
The Gospel's radical re-creation requires more than cosmetic changes in lives and in lifestyles which have grown comfortable, predictable, and inconspicuous.