Have you ever felt the tension of living life on earth as a Christian?
Maybe you’ve asked yourself what your view of possessions is supposed to be now that you have received Christ?
Galatians 6:14 But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
In this passage of Holy Scripture, Paul is stating how he views that world around him.
1. The world has been crucified to me
There are so many things in life that you think hold value until something happens that overshadows its significance.
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For example, when you are sick money becomes of lesser value. You will quickly exchange it for your health. All of a sudden that savings account, checking account, the brand new car you were saving for or the job you worked so hard to get in order to have enough money doesn’t really matter.
You give so much of your life to certain things that won’t really matter at the end of your life.
What is available to anyone who is willing to put in a little effort is someone else’s experience.
So take a short cut. Learn from other’s experiences. and don’t add value to things that are in reality distracting you from what really matters.
Don’t waste time on things that in reality are distracting you from what really matters.
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2. Seeing death to find life
What would people think if you walked around town for a day with a corpse?
You might not make it a whole day. Someone would probably call the police and you would be sent somewhere “special” for a mental evaluation.
This world has been crucified to you. It is a corpse and you are walking around toting it on your shoulders, carrying it in your pockets, and putting it in places reserved for things or real value.
You need to look at the world through the eyes of death, which means the absence of life.
There is no life left in this world. It has been crucified.
Life is found in Christ.
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
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3. There’s no beauty in death.
So what attracts us to this world because death is not beautiful?
There is no beauty in death.
I’m not talking about a nice funeral. Funeral homes do a good job of covering the real effect of death.
I’m thinking more of something on the side of the road kind of dead. Picture something that has been dead for a few days – death is not pretty.
So when we live as if the world is dead to us we will see it for what it is.
Death has a way of uncovering the vanity of this world.
And this is how the world should look to us now.
To be continued……..
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