Galatians 2:20 is a verse every Christian should have on the tip of his tongue. “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” What a great truth about our salvation. We’re dead! But Christ Himself is living His life in and through me.
That’s mind-blowing! It’s revolutionary! I’m pretty sure my brain can’t grasp even a small percentage of that truth.
Yet, reading elsewhere in the New Testament, we see the outworking of that amazing truth. 1 Peter 4:11 tells us, “Whoever speaks, [is speaking] as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.” If we really understand that it is, indeed, no longer we who live but Christ living in us, then this verse gives feet to that recognition. It becomes not a matter of doing, but of acceptance. Of course we speak as God’s mouthpiece; He’s living His life through us. Of course we serve in His strength; it’s the Lord, Himself, who is at work in us.
What a freeing truth. Stop working so hard to make yourself acceptable to God. He’s already made you acceptable and He’s living His life in and through you.