Christ In Me

Text: Galatians 2:20
…it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God; for if justification comes through the law, then Christ died for nothing. (NRSV)

What does it me to be crucified with Christ?  What does it mean that it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me?

One thing it must mean is that my perspective has shifted from one that is centered on me to one that is centered on others.  That really is one thing we can be certain about Jesus.  Jesus was never focused on what was in it for him and always focused on what was in it for others.

Think about it.  In the Gospel of John, we are told that everything was created through Jesus.  The “other” only exists because of Jesus.  Then, in Philippians, we are told that Jesus did not consider his divinity to be something to be held on to but, gave it up to come into his creation to save it.  Jesus gave up his divine power to become like his beloved “other” in order that this “other” might be rescued from sin.

Jesus gives us the parables of the lost sheep, the lost coin, the lost son (the prodigal son) in order to emphasize just how important the “other” is to the Godhead who created the “other” for love.

And, of course, we know that Jesus then suffered and died on the cross because of his amazing love for the “other”.  It is clear that what is important to Jesus is the welfare of others.  Jesus wants the “other” to experience the grace, love, peace, joy, and forgiveness that brings them light and life.

Have you been crucified with Christ?  Is it no longer you who live, but Jesus Christ who lives in you?

Pray with me:

God of love and grace, fill me with your Holy Spirit so that Jesus may live in me and that I might live out the love of Jesus for others in my life!  AMEN.

No Comments


Recent

Archive

 2021

Categories

no categories

Tags

Anger Authentic Bible Body of Christ Broken world Centered Changed Child of God Chosen people Comfortable Denominations Discipleship Discipline Doubt Faith Following Jesus Generosity Gifts of the Spirit Giving God at work God's Glory God's call God's creation God's economy God's face God's first words God's leading God's light God's love God's plan God's presence God's timing God's voice God's ways God's way God's will be done God's will God's word God\'s Glory God\'s face God\'s first words God\'s leading God\'s light God\'s love God\'s presence God\'s will be done God\'s will God\'s word God\\\'s leading God\\\'s love God\\\\\\\'s love Godhead God Hands and feet of Jesus Hearing God Holiness Holy Spirit Jealous Jesus is Lord Jesus the healer Jesus Justice Kingdom life Kingdom of God Knowing God Laughter Light of the world Living Word Lord and God Lord Made new Newness of life Norms Obey Radical Transformation Recreate Refreshed Sabbath Sanctified Satan Saul Savior Seeing God Shalom Soulmate Spirit of God Standing before God Stumbling Testify The Church The Gospel of Jesus Christ The Great Commission The family of God The new people of God The people of God Transformation Trinity Truth in love Truth Unconditional love Values Voice of God Weary Worship Written word abundance action affirmation anchor answered prayer anxiety arguing arguments ask God asking God assurance attentive awe be ready believe born again born from above bright broken call to ministry calm caretakers celebrate children of God choice choosing comfort commandments community compassion confession conversation with God creation decision defending God dependent depression devotions direction discouraged disney distractions diversity divided do no harm dream big empowered equality eternal life evangelism evidence examine excuses expectations expecting God experience failure faint faithful fear finding God finding Jesus focus follow through forgiveness free from sin free will freedom gathered giving God the glory goals godly good news good works grace grief grieving guidance happiness hard hate healing helpless help holy living holy hope humility hunger ice cream injustice intentional intercesor intervene intimate joy justify knowing Jesus knowledge learning letting go life in the Kingdom life lightning light listening living together living looking for God love God love neighbor love self love loving God loving Jesus loving others mature meaning meditate meditation mercy ministry miracles miserable mission mistakes motivation new begging new life olympics overcome overflowing partnering pay no attention peace persecuting Jesus persistence power praise pray big prayer praying predestination prepare priorities proclaim promises of God pure purity purpose real deal reconciliation recreated redeeming redeem refining refuge rejection rejoice relationship remember repent rescue response rest resurrection revelation righteousness risk rules sacrifice salvation sanctification scarcity scripture searching seeking God self-care selfish selfless servant servent service set apart share shine brightly shine simple simplicity simplify sinners sinner sin solitude spending time with Jesus spiritual disciplines spiritual exercises spiritual growth spirituality start over status quo stewardship steward storms stress struggle success suffering teaching temptation test thankfulness thanksgiving the great commandments the unknown thunder time with God tired together transfiguration trust in God trust understanding unexpected victory vision waiting on God walking with God wear out welcome wisdom witness wonder worries worry