“My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Galatians 2:20 NLT
Some Mondays are worse than others. Sometimes you have a drive-over-a-speed-bump-and-spill-your-coffee-on-your-pants kind of Monday, or a woke-up-late-and-couldn’t-shower-and-had-a-hot-bike-ride-to-work kind of Monday, or a boss-corrects-the-mistake-he-thought-you-made-when-it-was-his-mistake kind of Monday. Or maybe your bad Mondays are less specific. Either way, they can be difficult.
We had a rough Monday this week. After battling through the day and making it home to each other, we had a chance to talk it out, and we discovered why we had such rough days: we didn’t start off with Christ. We aren’t saying that you must spend hours praying and reading scripture in the morning or your whole day will be terrible. The fact is that when your focus is not on Christ, your day is much tougher because your heart isn’t in the right spot. When we choose to focus on him, everything seems easier to handle.
The harder days make us feel like Christ is not living inside of us… because we did not choose to live in him. We have to be full of Christ for him to pour out of us. By choosing to live in Christ, he is within us. When we read his word, those scriptures are stored up within our hearts and become alive in us. We pursue Christ through the scriptures, and he then lives through us.
“My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me…” We want Christ to live in us, which only comes through the crucifixion of our old selves. That crucifixion comes through our self-sacrifice of allowing God to live through us by making him a part of every choice we make.
By trusting in Christ’s love and sacrifice for us, we are able to enjoy life more fully. Our trust in him produces peace. In response to our trust in Christ, we pursue him daily. One of the best ways to pursue him is to read the word. So instead of having crappy Mondays, let us make the commitment to intentionally pursue God on a daily basis by reading his word and allowing him to live within us.
“My sons and daughters, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.” Proverbs 3:1-2
“And the word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14
“For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with in him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—because anyone who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.” Romans 6:5-8
Graphic designed by Vince Brown. Devotional written by Heather & Daniel Christy.