Dear Fairview Community Christian Church,
I hope you are all doing well and that the peace of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior is with you. I want to share with you a scripture that has been on my heart. Galatians 2:20 says, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”. This scripture has given me a lot of peace because it has helped me to realize three important realities about the christian life.
Firstly, that those who put their trust in the Lord Jesus have died with Him in His crucifixion. This has special significance because what this means is that the believer has been set free from the Law and its condemnation. This is what Paul refers to in Galatians 2:19. Since we have died with Christ we have died to the law and we will no longer receive the penalty for breaking the law which is death. This is good news because as scripture tells us all of us are guilty of breaking God’s law but through Christ’s death and resurrection we can be set free if we believe in Him.
Secondly, this scripture teaches us that the believer's life is no longer his or her own. When we trust in Jesus we are surrendering our lives to Him. Jesus tells us in Luke 9:24 that, “whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.” Although we lay down our lives for Him, He picks it back up and He now lives through us to accomplish His perfect will. The reality that it is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me has helped me to realize that every part of my Christian life does not have to be lived in my own strength. So many times I tried to live this life in my own strength and so many times I have failed. But I see now that the only way to live the Christian life is through constant dependence upon Jesus. Always looking unto Him.
Lastly, this scripture teaches us that Jesus loves us. If there was one thing significant about this verse it's that statement alone that the Son of God loves me. A wicked wretch that I am is undeserving of such love and compassion. But that is the whole purpose of God’s grace. It is unmerited favor that cannot be earned. Jesus doesn’t love me because He saw something good in me, He loves me because of His own goodness and character. So what I see here is that Christ has not only saved me by His own power but He continues to uphold me. There is no room for boasting when it comes to being a child of God. The more I learn to give up and humble myself before God the more I see Him work and it’s so awesome. I pray that all of us would learn to depend on Jesus like little children.
Blessings to you all,
Love Pastor Ben