Monday, August 13, 2012

Identity Embrace: Christ Lives In You

Are we acting like "law men" (or women)?
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Read this passage:

"What actually took place is this: I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn't work. So I quit being a "law man" so that I could be God's man. 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 am not going to go back on that."
Galatians 2:19-21, The Message

I think this passage urges some meditating upon today.  I think the Truth that Christ lives in us is very hard to comprehend, in our human state-of-mind (at least it is for me!).  To think that Jesus willingly went to His death so that we may have fullness of life is amazing and awe-some, to say the very least--and now Christ lives in us.

Have you been "working your head off" lately?  I know I have.  And it doesn't seem as obvious when working is to "please God"; yet Paul tells us that this does not work!  God is already pleased.  While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  

Today, let us identify ourselves completely with Him.

We have been crucified with Christ.

Our egos are no longer central.

We are no longer driven to impress God.

Our lives are lived by faith in the Son of God.  

We will not go back on this Truth.

Let us pray today to delight in God's sacrifice and willingness to pour Himself into us!  He did the work; it is finished!

What does it mean that Christ lives in us?  What does this look like lived out day to day?

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