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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Serving Through Dying"

Date published: 01/27/2013
 
Galatians 2:20 – “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”  (NIV) 
 
This is the quintessential verse for Lordship, because it so vividly illustrates surrendering everything to Christ.  Your decision to be crucified with Christ means you are willing to put Christ not only ahead of everything in your life, but also make yourself subservient to Him.  Lordship is not merely deciding whether you will sleep in on Sunday or go to church, but how Christ operates through you at work, through your relationships, and the activities in which you are involved.  It is no longer you who do these things, but Christ who lives in and through you.  Everything is second to your relationship with Christ.  Romans 12:1 is a great companion verse. “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship.”  You are crucified with Christ by becoming a living sacrifice who by faith submits everything to Him.  Do not be the type of sacrifice that is constantly crawling off the cross.  Instead be the living sacrifice who, by cultivating an ever increasing intimacy with Christ, is drawn to higher levels of Lordship so that more of Christ’s life is poured into you.  Be in constant prayer and Bible reading to hear and respond to Christ’s living presence in you.  Allow His Spirit to penetrate every detail of your life in order that it is no longer you who live, but Christ in you!  
 
Philippians 3:7-8 “But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.  What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.  I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.”  (NIV)