It's Me!

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.  I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died for nothing.
-Galatians 2:19-21

I was thinking about my troubles, my struggles, challenges, and relationships; basically every negative aspect of my life.  Is it spiritual warfare?  Or did I take offense?  Or am I just sleep deprived and have a stomach ache?

Maybe all of the above.  You know the phrase, "get a life"?  Well, how about, "get a new life"?  That is kind of what Galatians 2:20 says.  I groused and grouched.  But when I stilled myself, turned to the Lord, and listened, Holy Spirit gave me my verse, again, for the umpteenth time.  

And that verse says: "When my heart is weak, I cry out to you from the very ends of the earth: Lead me to the rock that is higher than I."  I read that, and said that, and prayed that; again.

And after I took it in, I looked back, over my shoulder, at the road I had just traveled on, and the things I was just thinking about.   And I said, "It's me".  It's not all this or all that or all them...  it's me.

And that brings me to Galatians 2:20.  The whole "me" thing:  Have you noticed how many times "I' and "me" are in Galatians 2:20?

  • I have been crucified with Christ.
  • 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.

"I" and "me", is what I am responsible for in my life.  And "I" and "me" is very different in Christ than not in Christ.  "I" and "me" needs to be crucified with Christ, and then "I" and "me" needs to walk in Christ's redemption, transformation, and live his resurrection life in my "I" and "me" life.

After and while I am doing that, I will still have my life, with my stuff, with my troubles, and with all my relationships.  But, I am now living out of, relating to it all, all people, and even to my self; "I" and "me", through Christ.  And that is the Christian life, that I am still learning to live, and I will always be learning and re-learning it.  Disciples are always learning.