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No Longer Central

No Longer Central

11 March 2010

Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 16-18, Psalm 38; Galatians 2

Scripture:

19 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. 20 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 2:19-20 MSG)

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 situations and complications show me how far I have to go. And Paul shows 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 MSG)

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