Galatians 2:19-20

“I have been crucified with Christ.”  What does this mean?  Are our personalities and personhood wiped away?  No.  These are gifts from God.  Instead being crucified with Christ is more about laying down our wills.  By accepting the way of the cross, Jesus accepted and lived the Father’s will rather than his own.  This is what being crucified with Christ means for us too.  We are called to live out God’s values, ways, and mission in this world.

Years ago, the most Christ-like person I know, shared his secret with me.  “Before I get out of bed in the morning,” he said, “I lay down my life again, and ask God to fill me with the Holy Spirit.  I commit each day, one day at a time, to God.  Essentially, I am crucified with Christ again each day.  If I don’t do that (and even do it repeatedly during each day), then I take charge of everything again.”

Prayer Thought:  How about an experiment?  Consider praying like my friend does…before your feet hit the floor in the morning.  You could try this for one day, or one week, or one month and then reflect on how God moves through this experience.