Daily Devotions

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ Who lives within 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.” Galatians 2:20—Skip Huls

 

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ Who lives within 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.” Galatians 2:20—Skip Huls

Saint Paul is not talking about the removal of our individual identities as we are joined by faith to Jesus. Far from it. We are completely and fully us, always. But when we die in Christ, when we died to the striving to prove ourselves before God (works of the law), when we die to self-centered living (the life of sin), when we die because we have been joined with Christ... Because He lives, we live. Our past stuff is past. That sinful, self-centered, dead end stuff is behind us. That stuff does not rule our present and it does not determine our future. We live in Christ to God.

I know a lot of people who are desperately trying to “live down” their past. It haunts them. They are over-shadowed by it. The guilt and shame of it affects them on the inside and it affects their relationships on the outside. But nothing they do seems to make it better. They need to “die” to that stuff and come alive by faith to God’s grace. Because the life we live in Christ now, we really live. It’s me. It’s you. But we live with Christ so integrated into our lives through faith that all our lives, every part, becomes a life of faith and that faith in Jesus reshapes our lives.

Those are a lot of words. And I want to say it’s not theoretical or “merely” a theological abstraction. It is a marvelous thing to say every part of our lives is touched by and shaped by the life of Jesus, the death of Jesus and the resurrection of Jesus. This is about way more than the songs we sing, the offerings we put in the plate, or even the ethical and moral decisions we consciously make. This is about who we are deep down, Who we belong to and how faith becomes the energizing director of us.

We live in the here and now by faith. This was a revelation to Paul. So much was it a life changing revelation that he changed his name from Saul. This was a revelation to Martin Luther. So much so that he went on to live and speak and write and act to bring a sea change in the history of the world.

How has the revelation of Jesus, God for us and with us, changed you?

Pastor Roy Christell

Connecting with God, Connecting with Others and Connecting with what God is doing in the World