I No Longer Live

I am doing an intensive study of Galatians this week. Today we discussed the overview of the book. This verse just hits me every time I read it:

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. (Galatians 2:20 | ESV)

If I am truly crucified, I am dead. Christ lives in me. I no longer live. I have no “rights”. I don’t get to demand anything. Dead people have no rights.
Regarding my grief….if I have been crucified with Christ…

  • I don’t get to demand to know why.
  • I don’t have the right to have vengeance or justice.
  • I don’t have right to have others comfort me or understand my pain.  
  • My life and grief is no longer about me; it is Christ who lives in me, so my life is about Him.
  • I don’t get to be the center of attention – because Christ is the center of my life. 
  • My life is about bringing glory to God and sharing the gospel of grace.
  • My life must be about sharing the grace I have received with those in this world who so desperately need it. 
  • I have been forgiven much and must forgive much. 
  • I must earnestly contend for the gospel of Jesus Christ rather than contend for my version of justice or fairness, or what I think my life should be.

I’m not fully there yet. But I am asking the Holy Spirit to work in and through me.

2 thoughts on “I No Longer Live

  1. Years ago I heard a preacher say that if I am crucified with Christ, I am dead to self and sin; therefore, I cannot be hurt, because you can’t hurt a dead person. I can no longer go around be offended all the time, because I’m dead.

    Never forgot that. Powerful.

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