How often do you think about Christ living in you? How important is it to you that Christ shines through you? For Paul, he continually reflected on Christ residing in him and it was his mission to have Christ reflected in his life. In Galatians 2:20 it says:
"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."
If we are able to say that we have been crucified with Christ and that it is no longer us, but Christ living within us, what we are really saying is that we have surrendered our life to Christ. That we have chosen to put our plans and desires aside to allow Christ and his ways to be our life. Paul was consumed with thoughts of Christ. He encouraged us to think on heavenly things. He said to live is to live for Christ, and he also encouraged others to be like him as he is like Christ. So I encourage you also, to think about what it means to truly have Christ living within you. What does that look like for you? If we are consumed with Christ as Paul was, he will help us find the answer to that question.
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” It is a very famous verse, but have you ever really thought about its implications? It means total surrender. You may have heard of believers who are “sold out” to Christ. Well, I think this is what they are referring to. These people can say that they no longer live, but Christ lives within them. I encourage you to strive for this level of surrender. It will change your focus, it will change your dedication, and it will ultimately change your life.