“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Galatians 2:20 NIV
How have our old selves been crucified with Christ? Legally, God looks at us as if we had died with Christ. Because our sins died with him, we are no longer condemned (Colossians 2:13-15). Relationally, we have become one with Christ, and his experiences are ours. Our Christian life began when, in unity with him, we died to our old life (see Romans 6:5-11). In our daily life, we must regularly crucify sinful desires that keep us from following Christ. This, too, is a kind of dying with him (Luke 9:23-25).
And yet the focus of Christianity is not on dying but on living. Because we have been crucified with Christ, we have also been raised with him (Romans 6:5). Legally, we have been reconciled with God (2 Corinthians 5:19) and are free to grow into Christ’s likeness (Romans 8:29). And in our daily life, we have Christ’s resurrection power as we continue to fight sin (Ephesians 1:19-20). We are no longer alone, for Christ lives in us—he is our power for living and our hope for the future (Colossians 1:27).
Over the weekend, I made a comment that peace you receive when you accept Jesus as your personal saviour is amazing. I have done and experienced many things in life. Seen many places and have had lots of possession. Nothing has rewarded me with the peace that I got when I accepted Jesus as my saviour. Just remember this gift is free when you accept Jesus.
Read the scripture and commentary carefully. It talks about dying, but the important thing is when we accept Jesus we are born again. We start a new life with Jesus. Just like a baby develops and grows we are to grow in Christ. We grow spiritually. We receive our spiritual food from the Bible and its teaching.
We regularly feed our bodies, with food, exercise and new clothes. What do you do to feed your spirit? Our spirit and soul are the most important part of our beings. What is it that troubles us? It’s normally things of the mind. That’s what keeps us awake at night.
Here is the solution, accept Jesus, you receive a second chance. The Bible God’s word becomes your spiritual food. Can you actually be without it?
“Lord. I thank you for a second chance. May You touch all people in this way. Amen.”