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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Move Over Self

crucified with me

REMINDER FROM GOD: You have been crucified with Me; it is no longer you who live, but I live in you, and the life which you now live in the flesh you live by faith in My Son, who loved you and gave Himself for you” (Galatians 2:20, NKJV).

NOTE TO SELF: As I reflected upon this scripture, my initial thought was, “So then my life is not my own anymore.” As I cross referenced it with The Message translation, that thought was confirmed:

“Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not mine, but it is lived by faith in the Song of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

“My ego is no longer central.”

“It’s no longer important that I appear righteous…”

“I’m no longer driven to impress God.”

“The life you see me living is not mine…”

Those are key statements to me. Although bits and pieces of my old life exist within me, when Jesus died He carried a picture of me in His mind.

My mom is dying, and through this process as she’s fully functional, she has been making her funeral arrangements. She recently told me of the things she wants to be buried with, one item is a beautiful stain glass cross her godfather made for her when she was younger.

Much like this idea of “things” we want to be buried with, Jesus took us to the grave where we, too, were buried with Him. It was His desire to take us with Him. He told God, “I want to be buried with [insert your name here].” If we died with Christ on the cross, then we died to our selves and buried it. Upon the resurrection, we were whole and new. Sins buried and gone. Left behind. Forgiven.

To better understand this concept, consider Jesus your internal roommate. Someone with whom you are sharing space with. However, we should be more willing to move over and allow more space for Christ to occupy. Give Him the moving room He needs to get about freely, without restrictions, or bumping into things that truly don’t even belong there anymore. While many of us are pack rats of material things, some of us are also emotional pack rats. This leaves very little room for Jesus to live within us.

We need to put Christ in our driver’s seat. What would our lives look like if we let Christ be in full control? What could that mean for us?

MY PRAYER: Lord Jesus, help me to die to the self. Consume me with Your ways. If you live in me, then help me to make room for You instead of making Your living space smaller and smaller each day. I choose for You, Lord, to be in full control of this new life You have given to me. I can’t impress You, and no matter how hard I try, I can’t appear righteous before anyone. I am only righteous because it is You who dwells within me. My ego is no longer central. My life is Yours to do with as You see fit. Amen.

1 comment:

  1. a few Scripture verses that back this up is are...
    1 cor. 1:30 Christ who became sin for us. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

    phil 3:9 God said I am now righteous In Christ. And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
    Phil. 3:9 the Ot. law creates self-righteousness.
    Righteousness of Faith is in Christ.

    2 cor. 6:14 no fellowship of law and liberty not our own Holiness but we are righteous thru what God does. Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?


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