Name Tags: You Are... (Part 27)
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.
When I became a committed Christian, I didn't get crucifixion's process--and surely not how it pertained to me. Reading the physical details shocked me. Imagining what Christ and others felt is a trip into the dreamscape of hell. For most victims it was a long ordeal: moment-to-moment breath-sucking anguish.
But consider a parallel for us: Christian spiritual crucifixion is a drawn-out and painful process, too. Dying to selfishness is an ordeal. Dying to worldliness is trial. Both involve moment-to-moment choices, requiring us to make the piercing pick, while breaths of selfishness are squeezed away.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: I fear most of us choose to ignore how crucifixion applies to us. Being born-again is the first step. But as every wise parent soon learns: babies are naturally selfish. Growing into mature disciples requires discipline and self-control, which for most is an ongoing work.
Because we're in a dangerous war, don't choose to remain a baby saint. Strong warriors are needed right now. Crucifying destructive desires and striking the nails through selfishness will achieve an amazing result: God's Spirit grows stronger and brighter. When you bow down, His Spirit steps up.
The power in you will be awesome.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Name Tags: You Are... series.