In Christ: I Have Been Crucified

It is always good to be reminded of who we are in Christ, especially when we find ourselves living in a world filled with chaos and confusion.  Over the next 22 days I will be sharing the devotions from my book, “In Christ Alone”.  Each devotion is designed to help us look to Christ for our identity in the midst of a myriad of sources trying to define who we are.

Here is day eleven with an important reminder that in Christ you, and those around you, have been crucified with Christ.

I Have Been Crucified

“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 2:20 (NIV)

When you think about where you were before you knew Christ, how often do you think about that transition to being in Christ involving your death?  What active part does a dead person usually have in decision-making and life choices?  What does being crucified have to do with living by faith?  How much of your life does God require in order for Christ to live in you?

For most people, death is something that we don’t like to think or talk about.  In death we often see the permanent end to something while failing to see the new beginning of something else.  In Christ, the old must die in order for the new life to begin.  As you pray, ask God to help you surrender to the crucifixion of your old life in order for your new life to begin.  Pray that being crucified with Christ would put Him in the decision-making role in your life.  Pray that the new life you live would be lived fully for Christ.  Pray that the people around you would no longer see the life you lived, but they would see Christ living in you.

In prayer,