Wednesday, November 4

Live loudly in me!

Scripture: Job 28-29, Galatians 1-2

Galatians 2:20 My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Observation

Peter came to Antioch and then caved in to pressure from the Jewish Christians and refused to eat with Gentile believers.  Paul confronted him—a showdown between two titans of the faith!  

In this passage, Paul explains what happened and why it was important.  Bottom line: we are saved by grace, not by keeping the Jewish law.  

Galatians 2:16 Yet we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law. And we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we might be made right with God because of our faith in Christ, not because we have obeyed the law. For no one will ever be made right with God by obeying the law.

In verse 20, Paul gives one of the most beautiful descriptions of the Christian life.  My old self is crucified with Christ.  Now Christ lives in me.  And I live by trusting Jesus, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Application

This was the first verse I memorized as a new Christian.  It is still one of my favorites.  

It reminds me that I’m not just trying on my own power to be a good person.  Jesus is living in me!  I’m a new and different person because I’m relying on Him who lives in me and loves me.  It’s a life of dependence on Jesus.  It’s allowing the life of Jesus to be lived out through me.  

I have a new identity.  Jesus is living in me!  I’m in Him and He is in me.  Jesus defines me first—before nationality, political party, tribe, culture, or any other identity—Jesus defines me.  

Today, I want to lean into Jesus who is living in me.  Jesus, live loudly in me!

Prayer: Thank you Lord that I’m not doing this on my own—on my own power or wisdom or strength.  You are living in me!  Help me lean on You today.  Live loudly in me!