Verse: Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
I love the finality of this verse. When someone was crucified, they were dead. Final. Done. (Except for Jesus of course LOL).
Paul was using this metaphor to make this statement: My old life, where I was in charge, and I did what I wanted, is over. Done. Dead. Final. My new life is no longer about me. It's about Jesus.
I love thise verse because there is so room for sitting on the fence, or half measures. You don't "sort of die" on the cross. You don't half way die.
In the same way, you can't "sort of" follow Jesus. You can follow him with half your heart, or just when it's convenient.
Following Jesus is a full and complete surrender. It really is a death. It's a death to being in charge of my life. Of getting what I want all the time. Of selfishness. Of seeking my own pleasure.
And it is about coming to life FOR Jesus. My life, once I fully surrender and give up trying to get what I want, becomes about getting what Jesus wants. Seeking his pleasure, his good, and his will.
And in that (here's the amazing part) I truly find the life I've always wanted! The amazing reversal is when I die, then I truly live! When I give up and surrender, then I truly find my life in Jesus!
The question for us this morning, then, is this: have we fully surrendered to Jesus in our lives?
I pray that you would show me areas in my life where I am still holding on to control. Help me to live the fully surrendered life to you Jesus.