“And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”Galatians 5:24 ESV
I came to realize that certain things, God has done for us, but others we have to do ourselves. At least, we start and the Holy Spirit helps us.
God was teaching me today that one mistake often hides several sins. In the many verses that he led me to in order to understand this principle, was Galatians 5:22-23. But verse 24 explains more: it’s matter of crucifixion.
You see my friends, if you are crucified, you couldn’t possibly react to a wrong that someone might have done to you. If your’re dead, you will not try to defend yourself in situations. But many times, we miss out on this. We are TOO alive so we get agitated when we don’t get our way.
Jesus is asking you today to remember some key principles of discipleship:
- Take up your cross and follow Him
- Crucify your flesh with its passions and desires
- Do not defend yourself
By doing this, you will be a true disciple — not just by preaching and doing ministry. These things are not optional! They are the true mark of disciples of Christ. They don’t happen by chance or by laying on of hands! The bible is clear: you must do this.
“Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility:]
But (He) stripped Himself [of all privileges and rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being.
And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself [still further] and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross!
Therefore [because He stooped so low] God has highly exalted Him and has freely bestowed on Him the name that is above every name,” Philippians 2:5, 7-9 AMP
Our share is to crucify our flesh, our old way of being, and God’s share is to do the heavy lifting of exalting us!