My life is not my own…

In Galatians 2:20, Paul writes:

“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.”

How can we live more for God and others and less for ourselves?

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  • Phil

    You’ve got to check out…

    This subject has come up a number of times this week. Wonder what God’s trying to say to me.

  • Dean Sharp

    By first allowing God to feed, heal and fill our innermost hunger for love (value).

    Self-interest (the priority of my own well-being) is natural, healthy and unavoidable. But self-ishness (the willingness to secure that well-being at the expense of others) is always unnecessary and always “misses the mark” (the ancient definition of the word “sin”).

    When we lack internal value we cling to external sources of value. The problem with external sources of value is that they are always impermanent, unreliable and insufficient. Yet, as each of us have grown dependent upon those external sources (and yes, we all have) the fear of losing them—the fear of further diminishment—drives us to horde and protect them. We will guard those value sources at any cost.

    But when a source of value rises up from within us (a state of mind that some call: peace) we can then afford to let go of fear. We are free to give because we are secure in the knowledge that giving—even of our own life if necessary—will not diminish us. Herein is the message of the cross. To be so secure of one’s value that even the ultimate sacrifice is not a loss but rather a gain.

    Listen to it this way, “No greater value has any man than this, but that he lay down his life for his friends.”

    This is why perfect value casts out fear. Hatred is not the opposite of love. Fear is the opposite of love. Love drives it out.

    To facilitate life-transformation in people we need not goad or guilt them into reluctant mission for God or premature self-denial. All we need do is help them find their true value and let God begin to rewrite and heal their stories. The result will be the reign of love—for themselves, for God, for others, for the world—as fear subsides.

  • Eric Bryant

    Thanks for sharing Phil and Dean!

  • Eric Bryant

    Dean, I really like your thoughts on this. How can we help others make this shift (and help oursleves) from valuing the external world more than what God offers us internally?

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