Living out our Crucifixion
Posted on October 5, 2023 by Elizabeth Welte in Victory Call
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. Galatians 2:20
For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:3
I have been crucified with Christ.
I have been crucified. I no longer live. – me and you. Dead – the… I wants, I needs, I gotta-haves… slayed. My rights, my ways… surrendered. Moment by moment – turning away from me, turning towards God.
He must increase, but I must decrease. John 3:30
I am crucified and I no longer live… This is reality but does not come with magic pixie dust. I AM crucified and I need to choose to live the crucified life. You will notice in all these “put off” passages, there are verbs – action words. We must put off, put away, put to death, we must act out this truth.
…put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires
Put away falsehood
Be angry and do not sin
Let the thief no longer steal
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths
Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.
Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.
Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices
These truths might leave us feeling… well… dead, empty. But the verse continues, It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.
We have not been left empty and void. No…living the reality of our crucified life throws open wide the door for the living presence of Jesus Christ.
Put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
Let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor
Let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.
(let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths) only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 
Day by day, moment by moment we make choices. To live we must die. It is difficult and painful, but there is joy and peace on the other side of obedience. …looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2
How I pray I can remember this more and more often. How about you?
Written by Diane Hunt: Diane Hunt serves on the board of America’s Keswick and is the Executive Director & CEO of Changed Choices, a Christian non-profit in North Carolina. She is also a biblical counselor and women’s event speaker. For more information about having Diane speak at your next event please contact her at email@example.com.
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: “And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God.” – Hebrews 10:11-12