DAILY DEVOTION, February 6, 2022
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me (Galatians 2:20).
This single verse defies full explanation in a short devotional. So, let’s hit the highlights. First, Paul came to faith in Jesus Christ after spending several years persecuting Christians. Faith is the keyword to understanding this verse. When we trust in Christ, we are crucified with Christ. That is, we enter into the benefits of Christ’s crucifixion. Our sins are forgiven, and Christ takes up His residence within our souls. Paul makes it clear that being crucified with Christ does not end his life. It is the beginning of a new life. Second, this new life is lived by trusting in Jesus. The Christian life is not trying harder to be faithful to God. It is living each day with faith in Jesus. As we make decisions daily, trusting in Jesus to guide us, our faithfulness grows. Growth does not happen because we are trying harder but because we are trusting more. Finally, we are motivated to embrace the Christian lifestyle because we understand that Jesus loves us and willingly gave Himself to redeem us. We love and trust Him because He first loved us. There is the entire Christian life in a nutshell.
Gracious Father, the idea that You would love us and send Your Son to redeem us defies human logic. We have trampled Your will underfoot. Why would You love us? But You do love us. You did send Jesus to redeem us. He does dwell within our souls by faith. Father, I believe He was crucified for me and that He lives with my heart. Thank you, thank you, for Your amazing love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.