His Life That I am Living

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Monday, October 28, 2019

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. Galatians 2:20

Most people like to think they are autonomous beings who can do whatever they want whenever they want. We value our God-given ability to exercise our free will and live as we see fit. Some people even reject the thought of obeying God because they reject the thought of being told how to live.

Christians should have a different perspective on free-will and human autonomy. Our free will should never be prioritized over God’s will for our lives. We should not trumpet autonomy because our lives belong to the God who redeemed us by the precious blood of His Son, Jesus Christ.

The word redeem comes from the Hebrew word that means to ‘buy back something lost or sold’, ‘to set free from captivity or slavery.’ Through Adam, we were lost and thrown into slavery to sin. Jesus repurchased us with his blood and set us free from slavery to sin and captivity to demonic forces. Therefore, the life that we live belongs to God.

That is precisely what Paul is saying in today’s text. Paul realizes and confesses that he had to die to his life as a Pharisaic Jew to experience the salvation of Jesus Christ. The only way Paul could live as an authentic disciple of Jesus Christ and an apostle of the Lord is by crucifying his carnal self so Christ can live in him. His spiritual death also led to his spiritual rebirth. That is indeed a profound mystery.

Paul concluded that the life he now lives in the body, he lives by faith in the Son of God. That should also be the conclusion for every disciple of Jesus Christ. It is the life of Christ that we are living as redeemed sinners. Therefore, we cannot think of ourselves as autonomous beings. It is in Christ that we live, move, and have our being (Acts 17:28).

This morning during my prayer walk, the Lord told me that it is His life that I am living. He reminded me that I died physically when I was a baby, and he brought me back to life. Then he redeemed me from my sin and gave me his eternal life. Therefore, everything I do should be with His permission and for His glory.

What does it mean to live the life of Christ? It is to live a Christ-centered, and Holy Spirit led life at all times. Our words and actions have to be consistent with our confession of faith. That means walking in grace and agape love.

A person who lives the life of Christ prays without ceasing, serves without complaining, gives cheerfully, loves indiscriminately, speaks with grace, worships with passion, and shares the gospel with others persistently. Many people are impersonating Christ. However, Christ is looking for those who have been crucified with him and live by faith in him.

Those who are living the life of Christ are not career-oriented; they are kingdom-minded. Everything they do is intended to glorify God and advance His kingdom agenda. They persevere through hardships and persecution because for them to live is Christ, and to die is but a gain (Philippians 1:21).

Prayer- Blessed Lord, please help us to live the life of Christ in such a way as to bring glory and honor to His name. May we stop trying to impersonate your son and give him total access to our souls so he can live in us!

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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