“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.”
In this one verse, Paul gives a personal testimony regarding his identity and what motivates him in his daily life. Our identities are shaped by a variety of ways such as family experience, a traumatic event, etc. Once those identities are defined, they motivate our daily decisions. In the movie, saving Private Ryan, an elderly Ryan visit a grave site remembers the sacrifice of Captain John Miller and his men. Ever since the rescue, Private Ryan decided to live a life worthy of their sacrifice. Paul felt the same way. Paul remembers Jesus who came from heaven on a rescue mission to save him and all mankind (Galatians 1:4). However, it is easy for the cross to lose its meaning in the busyness of life. It is easy for this foundational message to become white noise in our lives. I pray we may grasp and renew the message of the cross so that we may be truly changed people and a source of transformation around us.