"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."
Paul’s life is an example to me; in this verse it shouts to me. “…it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me!” This statement is the essence of the “re-birth” our Lord spoke about to Nicodemus. A total “re-birth” – complete living for Christ and crucifixion of our lives – is not living for self, but living thoroughly and wholeheartedly for Him. Paul embraced Christ completely. I have to ask myself, Do I? Do you?
Ask the Lord to help you live completely, utterly for Him today, tomorrow and forever. In your own strength and good intentions, you cannot. Our sinful hearts are always leaning towards evil. But leaning on Him, you can. Have faith in the Son of God who loves you and gave Himself for you. Embrace Him; He will embrace you and give you an abundant life in Him. It will be a life not exempt from the sorrows of this world, but one rich in Jesus as you face those trials.
Paul was reborn, and you are, too. Our once self-centered lives are transformed into lives that reflect Jesus Christ.
Die to yourself and live for Christ. He died to Himself so that you might be able to live for Him.