There is an amazing verse in the New Testament that I don’t believe I have ever heard anyone preach on. In fact, until recently, even I had never preached on it. But, as I was reading and journalling recently the verse really has become seriously important in my life and in my ministry with and for the Lord.
Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but 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.”
The Message Version “Christ’s life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
I believe we need to come to the place in our spiritual journey where we give up trying to live the “Christian life” whatever that might look like in our context and culture.
Why – well, a number of reasons come to mind…
1> I was sick and tired of trying to live up to the expected Christian lifestyle and falling short thus feeling frustrated at my attempts at being a good Christian and living victoriously.
2> I came to the realization and eye-opening conclusion that I could not live the Christian life. If the Christian life was going to be lived, according to this verse from Galatians, the Lord Himself was going to have to live it through me.
3> I discovered that Jesus Himself did not try to live the Christian life. He said, “By Myself I can do nothing.” Over and over again Jesus testified that He did nothing of Himself, but lived by His Father’s indwelling life instead.
4> I decided that Paul’s words in the above verse (Galatians 2:20) were not special for him but were written down for each and every one us. Paul was not special. What he experienced and understood we too can experience.
As someone once said, the Christian life – and the living of it – is impossible for all of us. It is only HIMpossible.
So, I am working to fully understand what it means to give up trying and just allowing the Lord to release His life within me and then live His life through me.
Another step in my adventure and journey with Jesus.
Hebrews 4:1-11a “For whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. Let us therefore strive to enter that rest…”