Read today’s scripture (all of it):
Death—Matthew 27:32-50, Galatians 2:19-20
Life—Luke 24:36-49, Colossians 1:15-20
Record what stood out to you.
Reflect, pray, and meditate on how it applies to your life.
Respond in your art journal to press the Word into your heart.
The scripture that stood out to me was Galatians 2:20:
“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 Sunday, I got to witness a sweet friend of mine get baptized. She accepted Christ a couple months ago, and she was so excited to proclaim her new life in Christ through baptism.
Watching her on Sunday being submerged in the water and lifted back up was such a beautiful picture of our new life in Christ. Immersion baptism symbolizes our being buried with our Lord, and being raised into our new life in Christ. The water can be a significant symbol of a spiritual cleansing of our hearts by the Holy Spirit as we put our trust in Christ.
Galatians 2:20 is an expression of sanctification. Being made new and holy. The old has gone and the new has come. Christ lives in us. We are His.
But wait…I still mess up. I still sin. I’m still not perfect. Again with another paradox. “And the life I now live in the flesh…” We still experience trial and tribulation. We still get impatient and unrighteously angry. We still experience sickness and disease. We are still constantly battling our flesh.
As believers in Christ, we end up living in two different spheres. As one commentary put it:
“The true Christian life moves in two spheres at once. Externally and superficially it is ‘in the flesh,’ really it is ‘in faith.’ It belongs not to the material nor is dependent upon the physical body in which we are housed. We are strangers here, and the true region and atmosphere of the Christian life is that invisible sphere of faith.” MacLaren Expositions Of Holy Scripture
“And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God…” Every day in every decision we make we have to continue to choose Christ over our flesh. We have to choose him, trusting that He is where true life is. Not in the material things of this world, not in the approval of other people, not in the things we lust for. But by faith every day we must choose Christ, and trust that this choice is more satisfying than anything this world has to offer.
Why? Because we are strangers in this world. This world is not our home anymore. When you became a Christian, you claimed your home in heaven. So why build up your life here on earth, pursuing the things that will ultimately rot, when you have a beautiful home in heaven? This life is so short, which means I have a limited time to prepare for my real home.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21
The previous verse, in Galatians 2:19, it states, “For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God.” We die to our works and striving for God because that ultimately doesn’t work. But instead, we rest in his grace–his gift–that he did the work for us.
So now, in everything we choose Christ.
Is this an easy task? Nope. After all, we are currently and physically living on this broken earth. Is this an impossible task? Definitely not. Because Christ lives in you. We live by faith in him who loves you and gave himself for you, so that you can truly live with him.
As we experience his glory from choosing Christ daily, it reveals how it’s completely worth it. As the song, “How He Loves” says:
“And all of a sudden, I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory…And I realize just how beautiful you are and how great your affections are for me…Oh, how he loves us.”