Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Life in Christ for the World Gal
2:20-21 ...and it is no longer I who live, but it is
Christ who lives in me (Gal
InGalatians 2:20-21, St.
Paul writes some of the most beautiful and meaningful verses in the
Bible.The above verse reveals many things about Paul himself. Firstly, it
is evident that he fully identified with Christ, since he said that he is
crucified with Christ. There is no greater degree of identification with
Christ than this. His life belongs to Christ and is fully yielded to
fulfill the will of Christ. And that's not all — the writer is also fully
committed to live for Christ, as he states that he lives by the faith of
the Son of God. He has complete trust in Christ to lead him, direct him,
and provide for him each day.
We can also tell from the way these verses are written that this life
which fully identified with Christ had not been the writer's way of life
at first. He says, "and the life which I now live in the
flesh,"which implies that at one time, he used to live for less
worthy goals than Christ. However, there was a turning point that had
changed his life. When did it come? The end of the verse shows us that it
came when he personally experienced the matchless love of the Son of God
who had given His own life for him. From that point onwards, the writer's
life was no longer the same as it was before. His old life was dead and
gone — crucified with Christ. He now lived a new and better life, which
was entirely for Christ alone!
Just as we see demonstrated in Paul's life, Christ must be involved in
everything we do and in all our relationships, at home and at work.
Christ must be the center of every aspect of our lives. He should be Lord
of all, or else He is not Lord at all. Let us reflect upon our lives so
that we may meaningfully proclaim that it is not we who live but it is
Christ who lives in us.
PRAYER Father God, we thank You for making it possible
for us to have new life in Jesus Christ. May we proclaim through our
lives and through all that we do that Christ truly lives in us. Enable
us, 0 Lord, by the power of Your Spirit, to live for Your glory. In Jesus
name we pray, Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Make Christ the center of your life and all
the rest will fall in place. Christian
Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church