A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb
There are many different answers one might give to the question, “What are you living for?” Power, prestige, personal enrichment, wealth, and possessions just are some of the possible replies people would give. Although each of these responses is appealing, their ultimate futility has been attested to in the lives of those who have acquired these goals and yet died feeling empty and incomplete.
In Galatians 2:20 Paul lays out his personal worldview and theology when he states, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” The opening phrase, “I have been crucified with Christ,” points to an action that occurred in the past but has existing results. At the point of salvation, we die to the law and sin and we are raised up to a new life. But, as we daily grow spiritually, we are learning to die to our sinful desires and personal agendas and to develop the mind of Christ.
Perhaps, we should change the question to, “Who are we living for?” It is this question that we should ask ourselves at the beginning and end of every day. And, if we really want to be brutally honest, we should ask another brother or sister in Christ to answer the question for us. As others listen to our words and watch our actions, do they see that Christ lives in us because we have been crucified with Him?
I hope that you were encouraged and strengthened by the Easter worship service and our time together. I thought you might enjoy the picture I have attached.