We are so messed up. Think about it. Our thoughts, our desires and our plans revolve around “me”. We call ourselves Christ followers, but we want to be in control. We pray - but, instead of surrendering to walk through our life His way – we ask, beg and plead to Him to let us have our way. We worry instead of trusting that He is enough to take care of us. We long for the perfect soul-mate, friend, child – instead of embracing that Jesus is enough. We complain and forget to count our multitude of blessings. We have survived heartbreak, times of crisis, and great affliction and we wear the badge of victim – instead of praising the One who carried us through and lovingly taught us so much. We are messed up.
Yes, we are messed up – but there is hope. Our Heavenly Father loves us so and will give us another shot to get this right. So…how do we fix this? Well, I am just like you and trying to figure this out myself and I certainly do not have all the answers. But, God has laid a verse on my heart. Let’s read Galatians 2:20 and talk about it. It says…
“I have been crucified with Christ; 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 for me.”
What does this scripture mean? Well, it is great news!!!! It means that as messed up as we are – we have hope in Jesus. And if we will apply this scripture and become crucified with Christ – we can experience freedom in Him. Just as Jesus died for me – I need to die to myself for Him. My flesh needs to die. My flesh – my human nature – is to be crucified with Christ. That means that I no longer live – but Christ lives through me. Think about it. We are so messed up we resurrect our flesh and walk around focusing on our selfish desires; our ambition; what we need to be happy; our wants; our need for money; our pride; our need to please people; our need for affirmation; what’s in it for me; our longing for recognition; our desire to live stress-free; our longing for perfect health; our need to be admired physically; and our self-promotion. Oh, yes…this is messed up.
How can we recognize when we are messed up? Well, in 2 Corinthians 10:5 we are instructed to take “…every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,”. So it is pretty easy. When we are focusing on my needs, my wants, my way – we can ask if this thought lines up with scripture. Would Jesus sit around and dwell on this? If the answer is no – then that is our flesh alive in us and not Jesus alive in us.
So, what would happen if we got it…truly got it? What if we allowed our self to die to our ways and instead surrendered our self – our flesh – to Him every day? Then the world would look at us and say, “She is messed up!” We would be messed up for Christ. The world would question our peace that far surpasses their understanding. They would think we are messed up when people hurt us but we proclaim we are loved unconditionally. The lost would be perplexed when we walk through a difficult time and find rest in Him because we have hope. The world would shake their head when we are pressed from all sides and we find joy in the journey. Our flesh would be messed up and our spirit would be FREE! FREE! FREE!
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