Saturday, January 3, 2015

Galatians 2:20

Galatians 2:20 - I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who Loved me and gave Himself for me.

        Who are you living for? This world would have us believe that we need to live for ourselves. If you look out for yourself who else will, right? In this way of thinking we will always be looking to meet our own wants and needs. It won’t matter who we hurt along the way, as long as we benefit from it. If you live this way you will lose a lot of relationships and will find yourself alone and uncontent, because even if you achieve your goals you find them unfulfilling.
       Then there are others who have decided relationships are more important and they focus on serving another. Sometimes they will serve their spouse or family. At first glance this seems like a noble cause. A person committing his or her life to their family; it is a good cause. What happens, though, when you have given all you have to give? You've spent so much time giving that you have grown weary and exhausted. Then you begin to grow bitter, and the very people you committed your life to serving become a source of pain.
       Unfortunately, both these mindsets will leave you wanting. There has got to be a better way! And that is where Christ come in. He gives us a better way to live; a way that our needs can be met while meeting the needs of others, and we can find fulfillment and contentment. I know, it sounds too good to be true, but it is not.
       If you give your life to God through Jesus Christ this life is possible. As we look at this verse we see the course of action that we need to take. “I have been crucified with Christ.” That is the start, and it can be painful, but after that comes the good part, “I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” Now we can join with Christ in everlasting life as we allow Him to work through us.
       This is how it all becomes possible. Matthew 6:33 promises that if we seek Him first everything else will be added back to us. See, if we focus on and give all we have to God, we actually will have more to give to those around us, and God will meet our needs in the process. He fills us and refreshes us when we seek Him so that we will not grow weary or burdened. And our Love for others will be everlasting because it will come from God, who Loves you more than you know.
       So I challenge you. Find God. He is the only one worth committing your life too. Giving yourself to Him and living to fulfill His plan for you is the only way you can have lasting contentment in your life.

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