September 26: “Our Life in Christ”

4 Minute Read + Scripture readings

Today’s Bible Reading:

2 Samuel 22
Galatians 2
Ezekiel 29
Psalms 78:1-37

Today’s Bible Verse(s):

Galatians 2:20 (CSB): “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.”

Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s):

As we read through God’s Word, there are gold nuggets that we can gather on the surface. It doesn’t take much indepth study to see the value of those verses. They usually, quickly, get underlined in our Bibles.

But, there are also verses in our Bibles that have gold dust scattered on the surface. If we stop and begin to dig, we realize that there are enormous veins of gold underneath the surface. No matter how deep we dig, we could never possibly exhaust that resource. The deeper we dig into the verse through study and meditation, the richer we become for it.

Our Verse for Today is the latter. If we wrote this verse on an index card with plans to meditate on it today, we would have food for thought all day long … even all life long.

Essentially, this verse tells us that if we are saved, our life is not our own any more. In fact, it isn’t intended to be lived in our power. As we are trusting in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life, we have died to the demands of the Law and we have died to sin and self-rule. Essentially, God has identified us with Christ in His death.

And just as Jesus rose from the dead three days later, we have also been raised from the dead. Our source of life has changed, though. Jesus now lives within us and we are to depend upon Him for everything we need to live our life.

Galatians 2:20 (CSB): “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.”

So how do we live this new life? The same way we were saved – we live it by faith. We read and study God’s Word to discover all that is true. We believe those truths and live in light of them. And we cultivate communion with Jesus as we depend upon Him for everything, submitting ourselves moment-by-moment to His authority over us.

John 15:5 (CSB): “I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without me.”

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Lord Jesus, You never intended to save me only to let me live my new life all on my own. You saved me so that You could live Your life out through me. Help me to understand the truths of Galatians 2:20 and Romans 8. Help me to not only understand more of the Spirit-filled life but to actually live it. I need Your direction and power flowing through me. Amen.

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I have an incredible wife that God gave to me on May 10, 1997. Since then, the Lord has blessed us with three wonderful boys. I am also the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Polk City, Florida.

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