11 Mar Christ Can Live in You
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. “I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.” Galatians 2:20-21
Paul emphasizes God’s great grace in sending Jesus to die for our sin. But as always, Paul is a master at balancing this message of grace with the responsibility and privilege of the believer to live for Christ as a response of love for what Christ did for us on the cross.
There’s the call for every serious believer in Christ to surrender their life to Him who died for them. Paul is saying we can die to self and let Christ live His life through us if we’ll let Him.
How do I let Christ live in me? He’s calling me to live by faith, not by sight. That means to live by what I believe Jesus wants me to do in any given situation, rather than what I want to do.
To be able to say with Paul, “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me,” I need to be willing to die to self and live for Jesus. I find that as I live for Him, there’s a greater peace and joy to my life because I am in harmony with my Lord. I also enjoy a clear conscience that comes from obeying Him, by serving my wife, my family, and the people that I pastor.
My life of prayer and study in the Word of God equips me to be able to speak His words instead of my own, to act like Christ instead of my old nature, and to have His attitude of serving rather than an attitude of selfishness and self-absorption.
Lord Jesus, help me to hear your voice this week as I let you live in me. I surrender to your will and set my heart to follow you so that your life and love will be seen in me. Come fill me with Your Holy Spirit so that I have the strength to say no to my own fleshly desires and say yes to your will for me.