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“I have been crucified with Christ and it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” Galatians 19-20 (NRSV)
Christ lives His life in us. The exceedingly great and mighty power of Christ dwells in those who are His today. Because of this, we have the strength to separate from sin and the world, to yield to Christ as Lord and Master, to live the life of love for Christ and to follow His commandments. We are partakers of a new nature – Christ’s nature. Like Christ, we are crucified to the pleasures and pride of the world, to its lusts and self-pleasing ways.
And yet there is more. Because our Lord lives in us, we have the very mind of Christ. The same Lord who did not desire equality with God, but in surrender emptied himself and took on the very form of a servant, compels us to behave in the same way. (Philippians 2:5-8)
Do we reflect this same servant-heart? Do we emulate His willingness to deny what we want and consider the needs of others first? As Jesus lived desiring only what pleased His Father, let us commit to doing the same. Is God calling us to die to ourselves today? Jesus trusted His Father even when life didn’t make sense. He was obedient, even unto death. This is the mind Christ wants us to reflect.
Oh the wonder of believing that all the power and blessing that our crucified Lord has won is now in His chosen children! Knowing this, we can go into each new day yielding ourselves to God, considering ourselves dead to sin, but alive to God through Christ Jesus.
by Jennifer Woodley
South-East Queensland, Australia - firstname.lastname@example.org
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