Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Living Crucified

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me ” (Galatians 2:20).

One of the results of understanding grace is that many of the things that used to mean so much to me and things I used to cling to suddenly don’t mean as much to me. As we mature in Christ it is easier to let them pass us by without reaction and without response.

There is an inevitable void that develops in the flesh when we first start willingly setting our fleshly and worldly desires aside. This is an intentional decision on the part of the believer. Hopefully it is done prayerfully and thoughtfully as we count the cost of what this means. 

Unless we are immersing ourselves in Him and His Word many other fleshly desires come marching in to swiftly fill that void. Sometimes they are new things; a computer game, television program, or some other distraction. Sometimes they are old sinful “friends” that we thought we were rid of; habits and lusts that were once conquered or maybe just set aside in favor of a new distraction.

Often we use these things in attempt to make ourselves feel valued and worthwhile. These things don’t have to be necessarily bad, they can be as benign as working or exercising or a sport or other activity you enjoy that makes you “feel good.” However, they are misplacing what really matters, love and devotion to Christ.

He must be the centerpiece of all we do, the Master of our thoughts, the owner of our souls, and the love of our lives. Until He is in practice as well as in proclamation all of these things, we will continue to struggle and hurt and kick and scream in failure. 

He demands to own all of who we are because He paid for all we are! He did not only purchase your hands and feet He purchased your mind, soul, and most importantly your heart. 

Surrender to His loving yoke, and His loving ownership and give in to His possession of you- all of you.

1 comment:

Living on Less Money said...

I embrace this in theory but find myself lacking in application. I only know to cry out for Him to do this work in me because I do not know how to otherwise change and make Him the focus of all my thoughts.

Any suggestions?