“For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. (Gal. 2:19, 20 NIV)
The law is the standard of holiness and the very heart and character of God. Next to it you and I are miserably weak and continually guilty. It brings us quickly to the realization that we can’t, no matter how hard we try, be good enough for God.
The law can and should bring you to the point of giving up. You should know you can’t do it. You see that in “yourself” your only destination is eternal death and separation from a holy God forever.
But in Jesus you have hope.
He was crucified for you, because of you, took your sins and died for you. He took your guilt and gives you His justification, your slavery for His freedom, your weakness for His power .
However, it is only accessed by dying to self.
To be crucified with Christ so you can live to God.
To stop obsessing about yourself and all your faults and how to “do better” tomorrow but instead to fill up on God’s grace today.
To fix your mind on Him and fill your soul to overflowing with a divine love that is unearned and undeserved but offered through the cross.
It is His grace.
When ever you “try” to be good, you are living in the law. Whenever you “die” to trying and surrender completely to God you are living in grace.
Christ lives in you.
He has chosen you.
He has paid for you.
I watched “Edge of Tomorrow” with Tom Cruise this weekend and in it he has the power to “reset the day” but he can only do it by dying every day.
It reminds me of being a grace- filled Christ follower.
You and I have the power of Christ within us but the only way to access it is to die every day.
To live grace- full-y, not self-full-y.
“Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. ” (Galatians 2:20 MSG)
May the grace of God, the undeserved, unearned favor of God so fill you to overflowing that you pour it out on others and allow God to use you any way He chooses. May you be more grace-obsessed than self-obsessed and come to know what it is to truly live.