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August 29, 2018
August 28, 2018, 1:46 PM

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

Have you ever been told to “get a life”? We really do not need to “get a life” but to exchange our life for the life of Christ. Have you exchanged your life? Many have gone through the motions of believing Jesus without truly experiencing the exchanged life. When we exchange our life for Jesus’ life, there is a transformation that takes place. It can really be described as living the life of Jesus. People find themselves in one of two situations. They are either living to die or dying to live. That sounds like just another strange quote from Christians, however, it truly depicts the way we live. Most people find themselves living to die because it is the trap of the fleshly nature. They become stuck in the ways of the world rather than living the life of Christ.

“The identity assigned by the world is imbibed as we develop as persons and begin to view ourselves as others see us or as we think they see us and, sometimes, as we would like for them to see us. This assessment of ourselves may be totally unrealistic, positively or negatively; we may think too much of ourselves or too little. In either case, it is an identity built on people, performance, possessions, power, and our past. Such an identity is based on doing for ourselves, others, and God in our own strength. In other words, we are doing (or not doing) in order to be.” Dr. Charles R. Solomon

The enemy truly loves for us to base our identity on the thoughts of others. We can literally wear ourselves down trying to do all the things we believe others desire of us. As we do that, our service in the Kingdom suffers. You see, our identity in Christ has nothing to do with our perception of how others see us or what our past behavior has been. Our identity in Christ is not attained by works but is obtained by faith. That means it is not about the performance driven life of the flesh that seeks to please others. Does that mean I can neglect the duties that are required of me? No way! It means that I put forth the very best effort in all that I seek to accomplish. It is not a matter of trying to impress or please others, but the desire to live out our lives in Christ. In doing so, we seek to please God as we obediently accomplish the task He has set before us. Our prayer is that you are living the exchanged life and experiencing the freedom that comes in full surrender to Jesus.

                                       We love you,

                                       Brad and Virginia