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Does Christ Live In Us?

Galatians 2:20

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

82015 RayWhat does it mean to be crucified with Christ?  How can we no longer live yet still be alive?  What does it mean to have Christ living in me – in us?

Being crucified with Christ might mean that when we received Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior – we die to self – to our human desires – to our human nature.  This human nature is no longer in charge of our thoughts and decisions – Christ is – the old has gone the new has come.  We rebuke the human nature – dying to it – to its control of our lives.  We take up our cross and follow Christ.

We live – even though the human nature has been crucified – because Christ died for us and gives us a new nature – a spiritual nature.  We are now to live for Christ and His plan for our life – rather an that our self and our desires.

2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

Matthew 16:24 – Then Jesus said to his disciples, Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

Christ living in us is all about the new nature that rules our lives.  We should be asking ourselves – often – what would Jesus do – WWJD?

Here’s a simple example.  If you were ever in the military – on a sport’s team – or some other organization where your personal will and desire is replaced by a different will or direction – you might better understand.  When you join such an organization you are no longer simply an individual – but rather you are part of a whole – a unit – a team.  No longer is your will what drives you – but rather the will or direction of the organization.  As a matter of fact – you are encouraged to think of the team over yourself.

The NFL season is half over already.  Teams went through a lot of research and trouble to try and pick players that thought or played in such a way that they would blend with the others on their team.  Halfway through the season we are seeing the fruit or lack thereof as these players .  In camp – prior to the season – they were trained and taught how their new team operates – functions – acts – on and off the field.  Although still individuals – they are now expected to act as a Raven, a Redskin, etc.

Players who do not fit the mold – who do not take up the team patterns – are often released or traded – or fail during the season.  When we become Christians – we are to die to self – take up our cross – live with Christ in us – and represent Christ in all we do!  So how are we doing?  Does Christ live in us?

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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November 12, 2015 - Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , ,

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