CHANGED DESIRES

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20 NIV

As much as the message of Jesus Christ saves a man to the uttermost and guarantees eternal life, it also realigns the purpose, pursuits and plans of the changed man. (Hebrews 7:25, Philippians 1:21)

From our opening text, Paul explained the new birth which is a result of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. By identification, we were crucified with Christ in His death. 

The old man was put to death, and we received a new life through faith (Romans 6:6). This enforces the fact that we had no input at salvation. All we did was receive the life of Christ. (Ephesians 2:1, Colossians 2:12-13)

Consequently, salvation changes our desires and affections and redirects them towards a selfless purpose. In 2 Corinthians 5:15, Paul explained that the resultant effect of those who received the life of Christ is to live unto Christ. The purpose of the man in Christ is to live for Him. (Philippians 1:21) Our aim has been cut out for us— knowing Jesus and making His name famous.

In Genesis 1:28, when God spoke about dominating the earth, He intended that man would influence the earth. The fall of man led to carnal domination. However, in Christ, man is indwelt by God’s Spirit, and he has the mechanism by which he superimposes the will of God on the earth.   

God has called us to influence nations, systems, cultures and the hearts of men for His name’s sake. (Matthew 28:18-20) Get up and be counted in this mission. It is God’s mission, and it is possible by His Spirit in us.

Bible Reading Plan:

Luke 18:31-43, Titus 1:1-9, Proverbs 14:1-18, Nehemiah 12

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