Christ Lives in Me

galatians2_20“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.”
-Galatians 2:20

On Monday’s our blog will go deeper into the topic from the previous day’s sermon at one of the Family of Christ campuses.  Yesterday, at the North Campus, we continued our sermon series, Resurrection, where we are looking at Christ’s resurrection and what that means for us, today.  We talked about Romans 6:1-11 and how, in our baptism, we are burried with Christ in His death in order that we may also be raised in a resurrection like Him and walk in newness of life, which begins the moment we receive faith in Jesus.

In our Galatians passage, today, we hear that we have been crucified with Christ so the life we now live, we live by faith in the Son of God.

I’ve owned several exercise machines over the years.  Most get used for a little while and then end up sitting in a room gathering dust.  I had been equipped to get in shape, but I lacked the discipline or motivation to keep with it.

With Christ, we were not just given a new life.  If so, we would end up treating it like I treated my exercise equipment.  We would get all excited at first and then quickly lose interest and go right back to our old ways.  But we are not just given new life, Christ lives in us!

Philippians 2:13 tells us, “it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.”

God doesn’t just give us new life and leave us to it, He lives in us, working in us not only to cause us to do good things, but to want to do them.  God is constantly working this new life in us.

So, what will today bring?  What will this new life be like for you today?  You’ll have to wait and see what God has in store today to work in you.  But we do know one thing…it will be good.  It might not be easy or fun or what we would choose, but it will be good, because God is good.

Heavenly Father,

I thank You that You have not just given us a ticket to Heaven, but a new life here and now.  Work in me to do, and to want to do, Your will, today.  Forgive me for the times I resist Your will and renew me to once again walk in newness of life with You.

Amen

In Christ,
Pastor Kurt

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