“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who lives, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I know live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” — Galatians 2:20
In the Ironman Triathlon participants swim 2.4 miles. bike 112 miles, and run 26.2 miles. If I asked you to watch it with me, many of you would consider it. If I asked you to compete in it with me, that number would drop considerably. There are millions of people in our country who call themselves Christians because they believe the Christian life is about admiring Christ’s example, not realizing it is a call to follow it. If they really understood this, the numbers would drop drastically. The New Testament could not be clearer; we are not just to believe in His crucifixion; we are to be crucified with Christ.
Becoming a Christian is a complete and total surrender of your own desires and flesh to a higher purpose of serving God’s glory. It means you die to yourself and put on Christ.
— Francis Chan, Letters to the Church