The Life I Now Live
Galatians 2:19-20 “For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. 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.
Please take a moment at the end to read the Message version of this verse and take the pledge to be salt & light and see change in your schools, communities and workplaces.
Paul in Galatians 2 basically explains this. I used to be one way, a person dead in sin. Trying to follow the law and failing. But then I met Christ and the day I gave my life to Christ I was completely changed. The Live I Now Live is one of following God and serving Christ with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. That is a powerful testimony and the truth is it is yours too.
We as believers are just like Paul in Galatians 2:19-21. Before we met Christ, we were pretty messed up. We lived in sin and made a ton of mistakes. But there came a day, or there still can come a day (for those who have not accepted Christ yet) when we meet Christ and surrender our lives to Him. On that day, we become a new creation. The old life is gone and the new life we now live is in Him is a new hope and future.
No matter where you are in life, you can have a new life in Christ. Your past behind you and a great future ahead of you. Today, choose life and turn your past into a testimony and your future bright.
If you have made the commitment to choose life and are now or have been living this new life in Christ. We invite you to take the pledge to be the salt & Light in your schools, workplaces, and community.
The Message Version
Galatians 2:19-21 “What actually took place is this: I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work. So I quit being a “law man” so that I could be God’s man. Christ’s life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that.
Is it not clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be an abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God? I refuse to do that, to repudiate God’s grace. If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then Christ died unnecessarily.