Favorite Verse of the Year: Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”
DEAD TO SELF
I have to come back to this verse to close this year of devotions. It is my life verse, as I mentioned back in the August 17th devotional. But it is so much more than that.
This verse is the driving force behind my walk with Christ. I cannot live the Christ Life without this verse ringing in my ears. I cannot join Christ in His pursuit of His lost sheep unless this verse is in my head and heart. Why is this verse so powerful in my life?
Because I can picture myself on the cross with Christ, as I read this verse. I can just see all my rights and privileges being nailed to the cross. My life means nothing outside the crucified death of all that is fleshly in me. I have to allow all those worldly, fleshly, me-focused thoughts to die on that cross so that I can truly live.
I have spent this year writing this devotional to you parents so that you may have a couple of nuggets to share with your children. I know that the Christian faith is only one generation away from extinction unless we do our part as adult believers to bring along the next generation. But you cannot do this on your own. You, too, have to be crucified daily! You have to give up any pretense you may have that you can actually parent your child. You can’t! But Christ can through you! And He can do it perfectly if we will just get out the way.