20 I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
When a person gets married, much about his or her life changes. One primary aspect of change is that the person no longer has the ability to make decisions based on how it impacts them as an individual. Instead, in many instances, the person will need to consider how this will also impact his or her spouse, whether planning out their week or spending money. Even as a new couple becomes accustomed to making decisions based on the impact each decision will have on the other, this pattern may continue as their family grows. As a couple has children, they must then include the impact on their children that their decisions will have.
To a much greater degree than the example given, Paul made a similar point. For those who are in Christ, their decisions no longer impact their lives alone. Instead, they are living as ambassadors for Christ in the world. Every decision must be made in light of this reality.
When we put our faith in Christ, we are submitting to Him and dedicating our lives to Him fully. This means that all that we do should be in light of the truth of the gospel and the implications it has for daily living. This also impacts others as we live together as the church and seek to share the truth of the gospel with those who do not yet know Him.
• How have you seen your daily choices impact your witness for Christ and your relationship with others?
• How does submitting fully to Christ lead us to tell others about Him?
• Pray for the reminder that it is Christ who lives in you each day. Ask that your life would be fully dedicated to His glory and mission in the world.