I Have Been Crucified | Devotional
“I Have Been Crucified With Christ”
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.” “NKJV”
This Scripture has dominated my life since the first time I read it in March 1983 a few short weeks after my salvation experience. It was so profound when I read it; it captured my spiritual imagination while it was still in its infantile developmental stage. What it spoke still resounds in my spirit even more so twenty five years later as I look back at who I was then; a drug addict who was alcohol driven, angry, and selfish.
I lived my life as a drug dealing gang member who stole and robbed at will, and whose destiny was to die an angry, tragic, statistical death. These days I find myself confronted with many who share that old life I once lived. Daily I search for how God through Christ impacted me so that I may reciprocate that same life changing experience to those who are lost. We as believers in Christ and His message, the “I have been crucified with Christ” must be embraced in its totality.
You see, His crucifixion did not start at the Garden of Gethsemane; it began in the womb of Mary. Once we comprehend the depth of the crucifixion’s beginning, as foretold in the Scriptures, we have insight as to the spiritual concept of our crucifixion with Christ. To be crucified with Christ in the sense of not actually enduring the cross as He did, but embracing the will of God as He did without question. The Father knows what this world needs today just as He knew what the world needed during the time of Christ and the prophets. To bring it in to the here and now Jesus said,”...the Son does only what he sees the Father doing” (John 5:19). This therefore is the example: Jesus lived for the will of the Father, to do as the Father instructed, to express the Fathers willingness to forgive and redeem. Jesus’ life was not His own, just as ours is not our own - but God’s - to employ Christ in and through us. It is no longer we who live, but Christ lives in us! It’s not about us anymore! It’s not about what we want, what we need or how we want to live. It’s about the will of God for our life in Christ, and His grace being made manifest day by day.
We must never negate the death of Christ because of our abilities to look good, rather let the gifts of God embody the work of our hands, the speech of our mouth, and the thoughts of our mind; clearly hearing directives from His Spirit that will manifest His life-changing breath through us. It is God through Christ in us and nothing else that will overcome the works of darkness in this world. There was an appointed time when Jesus stopped being a carpenter in order that He could be...
Heavenly Father, teach me to be what you created me to be before the world molded me into who I am. I know I was created for a purpose from my birth, a Godly purpose, and I desire to fulfill that purpose and live life by faith in the Son of God who loves me, gives to me, so I can be a vessel fashioned by the hands of God, for His glory.