“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
I have been crucified with Christ. I have been crucified with Christ. I have been crucified with Christ. Wow. How have I not received this verse before now? It is true that the bible has something new for you every time you open it, I guess. Today, I cannot let go of this one. I have been crucified with Christ.
I died with Him. No, not physically. My sin…it died with Him on the Cross. My need to be right…dead. That nagging sense of entitlement…it no longer lives. Every mistake I’ve made in the past…gone. This is so powerful. Do you understand what it means?
It means that I don’t have to dwell upon what WAS. Sin no longer has a place in my life, period. It means that I don’t have to answer to titles that describe the old me. I am not damaged goods. I am made new through His love for me and the blood of Jesus. Never mind what the world thinks of me based on what they remember…God has forgiven and forgotten.
Understanding this means that I must also understand that God offers the same redemption to everyone else. I encourage you to internalize this as well. How often do we hold on to the things that God has let go? Who are we to behave that way? Who are we to judge and condem our brothers and sisters in Christ? I’m willing to bet that unforgiveness, judgment, and condemnation have caused many people to cast away redeemed spirits. Imagine what could have been accomplished in the kingdom if we chose unity instead of divisiveness!
I plead with you to be ever mindful of the purpose and the promise of the Cross. God can use anybody and has proven it time and time again. Quit condeming those who have been saved by God’s grace…yourself included.