|Today’s Scripture: I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20|
|People who are crucified with Christ have three distinct characteristics:
1. They are facing only one direction.
2. They can never turn back.
3. They no longer have plans of their own.
What happens when people do not control their fleshly sinful nature? Here are some examples. According to recent studies, 95% of U.S. adults have gambled at some point. 43.5 million adults in the U.S. are frequent smokers. 16.9% of American pregnancies end in abortion, and an accident resulting from a drunk driver kills someone every thirty minutes.
Although these examples may seem extreme, everyone is capable of falling into one of these sins, even Christians. It is easy to forget how crucial keeping the sin nature under control is until we see the consequences it can cause when let loose. There are so many wrong alternatives to choose from in this world that it is difficult to focus on making Godly choices.
As we serve the Lord, it is our daily responsibility to crucify our flesh, which we can only do by relying on the strength of Jesus Christ. In our text of Galatians 2:20, we read that we are to be crucified with Christ, meaning that we are to abstain from the flesh by making choices that will help us spiritually.
Are you strugging with crucifying the flesh? Perhaps you are having a hard time with thinking wrong thoughts or giving into a bad habit like smoking or drinking. There is always hope. Remember, the Lord is strong enough to help you with even your most difficult problems, and determine to crucify yourself this coming year.
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder