I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. – Galatians 2:20 NIV
As Christians, how should we live during our brief sojourn here on earth? For many the options seem to be to enjoy it, or to endure it. And while we should have joy in our life in Christ, that joy is not found in the pleasures of this world. And while we should endure in our faithfulness to him, that is much more than just getting by day after day.
This verse really sums up Paul’s life as a believer. He saw himself as crucified on the cross with Christ; he had died and this world no longer held any attraction to him. And now he lived, not for himself, but for Christ. Paul had given himself over completely to the one who had given himself for Paul. Christ had saved him, and Paul now had a life debt, owed to Christ.
Is this way of life unique to Paul, and maybe a few other especially called people? Or should it be true of all believers? I believe this aligns well with Romans 12:1-2 were we are all called to be living sacrifices, not conformed to the world, but transformed by the renewing of our minds. We should all see ourselves as crucified with Christ, and living our lives now by faith, serving the one who loved us and gave himself for us.