It doesn’t have to be, so take a minute to read this, and think about it, enjoy your day, wont you?
…Making Jesus Lord of your life
‘I am crucified with Christ.’ Galatians 2:20
Paul writes: ‘I am crucified with Christ…’ Those words are about as appealing as a root canal, to our carnal minds. Yet God’s kingdom can only come and His will be done in us, when self is ‘crucified.’ In what areas of your life are you hearing the hammering of the nails? Those are the un-surrendered areas; they’re the ones that give you the most trouble, right? Paul addresses the struggle between the flesh and the spirit that we all face daily: ‘Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good – crucified. Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives…’ (Galatians 5:24-25 TM). What does it mean to be ‘crucified with Christ?’ In Tell Me Again, Lord, I Forget, Ruth Calkin writes: ‘At first, Lord, I asked you to take sides with me. With the Psalmist I prayed, “The Lord is for me…maintain my rights, O Lord.” But with all my pleading I lay drenched in darkness, until in total surrender I cried, “Don’t take sides, Lord, just take over,” and suddenly it was morning.’ It’s said that one day Martin Luther answered a knock at his door. ‘Does Dr. Martin Luther live here?’ a man asked. ‘No,’ Luther answered, ‘He died; Christ lives here.’ Your rights, your ego and your comfort levels, no longer matter. You say, ‘What does?’ Dying to self, and making Jesus Lord of your life!
Till next time,
easy does it (smile)