Galatians 2:20 (NASB) 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.
I think being a follower of Christ means to be transparent and face the ugly truth of self‑deception. I took a serious look at myself and pray that you do as well. Way back in rookie school for the fire department, there was a specific training that scared me to death. The training entailed crawling through a tunnel with a face piece blackened out. You had to feel your way through. Doesn’t seem too hard, but for me, it was something I was not look forward to. I had a fear of being in enclosed in areas and in the dark. As the week went along, I watched other guys go through it. Each day hoping and praying that I was not called upon to do it, as I tried to hide my fear deep within me. I tried to rationalize my fear and say that it wasn’t going to be that bad, but the reality was that I was scared and afraid that I would fail the test. The moment of truth came, and I was called to go and get suited up and enter the maze. I had not shared my fear with anyone. I felt alone and lost as they blackened my face piece and led me to the entrance. I could feel my heart pounding and my breathing getting faster and faster. As I began to crawl, I cried out to God to help me through the darkness. With each step, I began to feel this peace come over me. Before I knew it, I was out and had faced a fear that I kept deep inside. From that day on, whenever I got into a situation where things were dark and I was alone, I would rely on Him to show me the way. My fear is not dead but is dying. That’s how it needs to be with our self-deception. We need to take it slow and easy and rely on Him. As today’s verse states, it is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me… is He living in you?
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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