I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20
I’ve never smoked, but many say it is the hardest habit to break, perhaps harder than quitting drugs or alcohol. Those who gain victory over smoking do so once they grasp the fact that they are truly dead in Christ. Their desire to smoke only came from not living by faith in the flesh.
While we may not smoke, we have other “bad habits.” Perhaps you made a New Year’s resolution back in January to eat better, watch less T.V., or spend time with family. We make resolutions in order to develop a better me; however, a better me is not our goal. God desires a deader me, not a better me. Galatians 2:20 reveals that we have been crucified with Christ.
The old man is dead, and the life I now live is by faith in Christ’s power. God truly desires that we quit “developing” and start “depending.” This is hard to grasp since our entire world system teaches independence and self-reliance. Our homes, our schools, our work places, and yes, even our churches teach this.
Now, I am not saying that we are free to be lazy and slothful while lying around awaiting God to do everything. This is also wrong, yet Hebrews 6:12 instructs us, “… be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” By faith the farmer plants corn and awaits the promise of God’s creation to grow it. Likewise, by faith I must arise daily and follow God and His desires, not mine. Once I am dead to my desires and understand that it is God’s work in me that truly develops me, then my struggles become sweet and my trials become treats.
If you are not gaining victory over sin and struggles, perhaps it is because you are “developing” and not “depending?” Will you start depending on Christ today?