I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
At Christmas, we talked about how time is separated by the birth of Jesus—B.C. and A.D. Once Jesus was born, history changed. Everything leading up to His birth is marked with the waiting of “Before Christ”, and everything after His birth points to the fact that He came to earth.
Our lives can be marked the same way—there is a before and after saying “yes!” to Jesus. Saying yes to Jesus is simply us admitting that we can’t do life alone. The beauty of it is that real living begins at that point. Our lives have a renewed peace, perspective, and purpose from that point on.
After saying yes to Jesus, our aim should be to reflect Jesus to the world around us. This isn’t through perfection, but in the way that we love. In fact, the Bible tells us that the world won’t know we love Jesus by a long list of disciplines and rules, but just by the way we love.
The more selflessly we can love others, the more clearly we reflect Jesus to those around us.
Prayer: Jesus, thank You for loving me so selflessly. Through the work of the Holy Spirit in my life, give me the ability to love others whether or not they love me, in hopes that they may come to know You because of it. Amen.