20 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.
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
Despite the belief of many today, how we live matters because we are created by God as eternal beings. What we do today and tomorrow, at least in some sense, echoes through eternity. Sadly, many today live as though they are the king of their lives, seeking to wield creative power, controlling their destiny by their will and actions, even determining what’s right and wrong for themselves. Interestingly enough, the Bible says the exact opposite is true when it comes to living a meaningful life. In fact, it’s precisely because we try to be the king that many of us live lives of eternal insignificance. The Bible says we’re created not to be kings among the rest, but to know and serve the King of the universe (see John 17:3). In Galatians 2:20, Paul is essentially saying this: “The way to live a meaningful, truthful, echoes through eternity life, is to live not for yourself. You need to have your old self—the self that longs to be king—die. Paul’s saying, “What it looks like to not waste your life is to live through faith in and obedience to Jesus.” That’s why he says, “The life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God.”
Yet Paul’s meaning goes much deeper than that. His meaning goes deeper because our predicament is much worse than simply not living the way we should. The truth is we have two great problems: 1) We owe a debt to God we cannot pay, and 2) We don’t have the will to give up our sin. Thanks be to God that on the cross, Jesus was paying for both our penalty for sin and the power that sin wields over us. Those who’s faith is in Jesus have been “crucified with Christ” and can now by God’s grace live by “faith in the Son of God, who loved [them] and gave himself up for [them].”
1. Read through Galatians 2:20 and discuss what stands out to you.
2. Which examples did Pastor Brett give as to why it matters how we live? Can you think of any others from our culture or the Bible? What would you say to someone who said, “It doesn’t really matter how you live as long as you don’t hurt anyone else”?
3. Why do you think it’s so appealing for us to live “as though we are the king of our lives, seeking to wield creative power, controlling our destiny by our will and actions, even determining what’s right and wrong for ourselves”? How does the Bible disagree with this being the path to a meaningful life? Can you think of any specific Bible passages that shine light on this subject?
4. What is the significance of being “crucified with Christ”? Can you think of any other Bible verses that say close to the same thing?
5. What are some areas of your life that have changed since you started living “by faith in the Son of God who loved [you] and gave himself up for [you]”?
6. Pray for one another.
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