“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]
This week we have examined the transforming power of God’s future grace. As we look forward to that day, we need to remember that God’s coming grace is only possible because of his past mercy.
If you are in Christ, there is an old you that was crucified with Jesus on the cross. Therefore, you live between the past death of our sinful flesh, and your future eternal glory with Christ.
How, then, do we live in this in-between state? How do we navigate no longer being of the world, but not yet in heaven? How are we supposed to live in the now and the not yet? We find the answer in today’s biblical text, Galatians [2:20]. Believers are called to live by faith in the Son who loved us and gave himself up for us. This faith is a life of trust and hope. It’s a life that understands that Jesus loved me enough to die for me. And Jesus also loves me enough to sustain me and guide me each day. He even loves me enough to show me grace when I fail.
So, believer, live dead to your old self; and live to Christ by faith.
God, thank you for your amazing love for me. Please give me the faith to trust your promises, to wait for and listen to the Holy Spirit, and to trust that your joy is enough for me today as I want for eternal glory. Amen.
FOR FURTHER READING
1 Corinthians 13