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 2: 20a)
 In Galatians 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