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Christ In Me

Christ In Me

11 March 2009

Scripture:

19 For when I tried to keep the law, I realized I could never earn God’s approval. So I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ. 20 I myself no longer live, but Christ lives in me. So I live my life in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:19-20 NLT)

Observation and Application:

Reading Galatians chapter 2, it seems like Paul is very Ego-centric. He writes the first half of the chapter about himself and his conflict with the Jewish conservative traditionalists and is very clear in his opinion that he is right and they are wrong!

In reality, Paul’s ego has been crucified with Christ and his complete surrender to the will of God and his total dependence on Christ living in him makes his ego powerless to drive him to please others or even to please himself.

A commitment like Paul’s can seem arrogant. But when Christ-in-me takes the place of Ego-in-me, what seems like arrogance is really true submission.

Prayer:

Father, there is such a mixture at the center of me. I am as committed and as submitted as I know how to be, yet each day there are situations and complications that show me how far I have to go. I purpose to keep on until these words are true of me…

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. (Galatians 2:20 The Message) Amen.

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