God's Mercy: Week 2 - Devotion 2
“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. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” - Galatians 2:20-21
The Hunger Games were books and movies based on the story of Katniss Everdeen who finds herself in a messed up future world where teenagers are chosen from different area districts to compete for their lives in a widely televised event called The Hunger Games. If you recall, in these games only one person can survive. And he or she must do everything they can to be that one.
Read Galatians 2:20-21. While we (hopefully) don't find ourselves fighting for our lives on LIVE television, we are engaged in a battle every day. Here's a truth that will set you free as a Christian—the Christian life isn't difficult to do alone, it's impossible. That's why Christ lived and died on our behalf. And the Spirit lives within us, strengthening us to live godly lives. Here Paul says that He has been crucified with Christ, which is in effect saying that he is willing to lay down his preferences, desires, passions, and plans to let Christ be all of those things for Him.
Falling on God’s mercy means embracing the fact that what Christ has done on the cross is enough. We know we will win in our battle because it's Christ on our side. Join Paul by being willing to surrender yourself to let Christ live through you and for you.
Think about this:
List some "battlegrounds" that you find yourself in on a daily basis.
What do you need to ‘crucify’ in your life and let God take control of?
How would your life look different if Christ lived through you?