We all only have one life, but we get to decide how to live it.
Yep…I just put a quote from Jumanji, on my blog, that’s about Jesus. But it’s a good quote, and it led me to see something I’ve never quite noticed in a verse that I’ve read several times.
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Every time I’ve ever read this scripture, I’ve always focused mainly on the first two sentences. And I don’t mean to dismiss that part in any way. It is very important in our Christian walk. Once we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, our “old self” should no longer be who we are. The things that we did, the desires of our heart, the thoughts that consume us, the things that we work for, should all be different.
If we aren’t living a life with and for Jesus, have we really accepted Him as our Lord and Savior?
Because of our belief in Him, because of the sacrifice He made for us, and because of the promise we have in Him, our perspective should be different. We should live our lives in a way that glorifies Him, and that introduces others to His love and grace.
But this time, when I read that verse, something else stuck out. Closer to the end of this verse, Paul says “I live by the faith in the Son of God“. We all lead our different lives. We all have different jobs, different interests, and different goals that we want to achieve. But if there is one thing we can all do, it is to “live by the faith in the Son of God“. No matter what it is we’re doing, if we’re living by faith, knowing that He loves us and is with us, knowing that He wants nothing but good for us, God will guide us. It doesn’t mean that we won’t face difficult times, or that everything will go our way. It simply means that we have faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and we know that God has a plan. If we’re living by faith, we can see through the struggles of today, we can look past the uncertainty of this world that we face tomorrow, focusing on the reward that lies ahead.