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)
Today's Morsel: They say that when a prisoner is on death row, and when he has used all his appeals and has been given a death sentence, that on the day he is to be executed, as he is being led down the prison halls to the room where the execution will take place, that the guards escorting him will shout out, "Dead man walking." Meaning this is the last time you will see him alive. But for the Christian, when we die in Christ, it's not the last time you will see us alive. But we rise and walk in newness of life. When we repent of our sin and are baptized in the name of Jesus, Paul said that we are buried with Christ and risen to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:1-7). Paul was a dead man walking until he encountered Jesus on the road to Damascus. We must be as Paul, dead to the flesh and this world, but alive to Christ, His Spirit, and our calling. We must now live by our faith and not by our sight. The things that we see happening around us must not sway us nor deter us from what Jesus has asked and called us to do. Faith is being able, in every situation and circumstance that may not look promising, to see God leading and guiding us. Paul had moved to a point in his life that he knew that Jesus loved him, had given His life for him, (Paul) and he wanted to reciprocate for what Jesus had done for him. How do you feel about what Jesus has done for you? Are you willing to reciprocate to Him? How much passion do you have for what He asked you to do? When our passion for the things and work of God exceed our passion for the things and works of the world, we are then dead to the world, and alive to Christ.
Sing: If you want to be happy and be saved to the uttermost, just repent and be baptized and be filled with the Holy Ghost. I was lost but Jesus found me, I was dead but now alive; Oh, glory, glory, glory, to the great eternal God.