11/5/17 – Dying So We Can Live – Pr. Jerri Dizol
“My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who, loved me and gave himself for me.—Galatians 2:20
Paul was absolutely clear about the difference between our “old” lives and our “new” lives. Through God’s eyes, we too, died with Christ because our sins died with Him. We are able to enter into a relationship with Him and become one with Him.
To die to our human self means giving up the things that we are most comfortable with. It’s probably the most biggest excuse as to why so many have rejected a life with Christ.
For me, that was exactly why it took me so long to surrender myself to Him. I loved my life, and I thought I was doing just fine. I had all the fixings for a happy life: a good job, awesome family and friends, a car, a place to live. What more did I need? What a fool I was! I remember discovering that the things I thought I needed to be happy and content, were all lies I was telling myself. Jesus was the more that I didn’t know I needed. Surrendering my life to Him was the best decision I ever made. I realized that there were many areas in my life that were empty and Jesus was the only person who filled that emptiness. As my relationship with Him grew, my sinful nature started to become less of a desire. I still struggle with it today, but I must remember that I am not alone, and that I must continue to fight the sin each day. I am a new creature in Christ and His mercies for me are new each day.
Father, thank you for your son’s death on the cross and for leading me into a lifelong relationship with you. Your love for me becomes more and more evident each day. Thank you for saving me! I pray that as I live “new” in you, my family and friends will want the same for themselves. In Jesus Name, Amen