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.”


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.

My prayer for you this next year is that you will begin each day in the Word and on your knees. Give up all that you are so that you can be all that you should be – in Him.


One thought on “ALL THAT YOU SHOULD BE

  1. Marissa says:

    Carl, you are right on. Without Christ we are nothing, can do nothing, and our kids must see this. As my kids have grown, I am learning more and more drawing closer in my relationship with Jesus is the consistent sight they need to see in me as a parent, wife, and friend to them as an adult. No, I am always going to be their “mamma”, but a fellow Believer and encourager is what I am becoming as they age – even when they are stumbling in their own walk.

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