Monday, November 5
Big Me is dead!
Scripture: Job 28-29, Galatians 1-2
Galatians 2:20 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.
Paul is contrasting the life of faith in Christ with a life of trying to be justified by keeping the Jewish law.
This is the first verse I memorized as a new believer. In this remarkable verse, he says several important things about living as a Christian.
First, I have been crucified with Christ. The old me, my old life, the selfish Big Me died with Jesus on the cross. Paul speaks more fully about this in Romans 6 where he says that we died with Christ not only to the law, but to sin. “I no longer live—I have been crucified with Christ.”
A couple weeks ago, a friend of mine was counseling someone who was offended and holding a grudge. He told this person, “The problem isn’t them; it’s you. You haven’t died with Christ. A dead person can’t be offended.” So true. If we have died with Christ, our pride is dead. Dead people are unresponsive—so we are dead with Christ, unresponsive to sin. We are un-offendable.
Second, Christ lives in me. I’m not alone; I’m not on my own. Jesus lives in me! Jesus empowers me to live a new and different life. The law was an external restraint on my willful behavior—it helped, but not much. Jesus lives in me (an internal power) and transforms me from the inside out.
Being a Christian is living in relationship with Jesus: He lives in me and I live in Him. It’s about a relationship—not a lot of do’s and don’ts.
Third, I live by faith in Jesus. Paul says, “I no longer live,” then he says, “The life I live, I live by faith in Christ.” He is emphasizing that the old self-centered Big Me life is gone—I no longer live—but he is living a new Jesus-centered life. Christ lives in me; I live by faith in Him.
Jesus is in me; I am in Jesus. The old Big Me is dead; the New Me is alive in Christ. Understanding this, and living it, is transformational!
Prayer: Today, Lord, I’ll be repeating this verse over and over, and praying that the old Big Me stays dead with Jesus, and the New Me lives in You, in close relationship. Continue to transform me!