“If, while we seek to be justified in Christ, it becomes evident that we ourselves are sinners, does that mean that Christ promotes sin? Absolutely not! If I rebuild what I destroyed, I prove that I am a lawbreaker. For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Galatians 2: 17-20, NIV
By now you may be asking the same questions the Galatians must have asked about God’s grace. Namely, if we are saved irrespective of anything we do, then why not live a life in pursuit of hedonistic pleasure? Paul answers with authority. “May it never be!” When God saves us He puts our sinful nature to death. “I have been crucified with Christ and it is no longer I who lives…”
The saved do not wallow in sin for the same reason that we do not breathe under water. It is not how we were made.
From the day that God saved you until this day, from this day to the day you die, and from the day you die into infinite eternity, your life is Christ’s. To be more precise, Christ lives in you! So what does that look like? Read the Gospels. The life of Christ was and is a life of love, honesty, kindness, boldness, generosity, simplicity, compassion, service and sacrifice. Jesus preached, taught, listened, befriended, prayed, worked, and cried. Jesus carried a cross. If anyone would come after Jesus then let that person take up a cross as well. You have been crucified with Christ.
There is the rub! So often we fail to exemplify the life of Jesus. We think, say and do things that no one would ever mistake for the thoughts, words or actions of our Lord. Our sinful nature is dead all right, it just has not had the decency to lay down yet. Maybe that battle is far from over, but be sure of this one thing. If you have believed in Jesus, then that battle is already won. Christ lives in you!
QUESTION: What can you do today to live the life of Jesus?