“I have been crucified with Christ [in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ (the Messiah) lives in me; and the life I now live in the boy I live by faith in (by adherence to and reliance on and complete trusts in) the Son of God, Who loves me and gave Himself up for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
The Apostle Paul was one of the most anointed and effective ministers of the Gospel. He wrote the majority of the New Testament. It was through the ministry of Paul that the Gentiles were given the opportunity to know Jesus Christ. He was truly a trail-blazer. Everywhere he went he turned things upside down. How was Paul so effective?
When he met Jesus, he gave Him everything and he took on everything of Jesus Christ. He says “I have been crucified with Christ” or he shared in His crucifixion. Here is the heart of it all: “it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.” It wasn’t about Paul anymore, it was all about Jesus. Jesus was presented day after day to the world around Paul. Everywhere he went, it was Jesus who was out front. THAT is why the world around him was turned upside down.
All over the world there are Christians who are living their lives just like Paul. Putting Jesus out in front and turning the world around them upside down. All too often though, especially here in America, Christians are taught that it’s all about them. That God just wants them to be happy. That it’s not about God, it’s all about them. What is the result of a teaching like this? Lukewarm and ineffective Christianity. When we put the focus on ourselves and our wants and our needs and our feelings, then we are our own god. True Christianity never focuses on ourselves, rather it always focuses on others. It is the LOVE of God that draws people to Him.
To be able to say “it is no longer I who lives but Christ Who lives in me” takes one hundred percent commitment to Jesus Christ. Part-time Christianity won’t cut it. Jesus gave one hundred percent of Himself to us. He didn’t hold back. He expects that from His followers. A Christian is a follower of Jesus Christ. A follower is fully committed. A follower of Jesus Christ says “it’s not about me anymore.”