“The number you are trying to reach has been disconnected.” Ever hear that? It means the people you’re attempting to contact have closed, or moved, or died, or gave you a wrong number, perhaps even on purpose. How rude! The same can happen with the mail, according to Elvis, whose postman brought his letter right back saying, “Return to sender, address unknown. No such person, no such zone.”
The Apostle Paul described the Christian life in a strange way in his letter to the Galatians, which was apparently delivered successfully…
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)
This verse is complex. It’s filled with meaning too deep to explore in a short devotional. But there is one very simple, practical truth contained in it that we really need to grasp. The old me – the one that was pinned to the mat by the law and knocked out for the count by sin – is dead.
The old me had his chance, and he blew it, so he was nailed to the cross and buried with Jesus. Now, Jesus lives in and through me. That is, I’m now living a life supplied by Jesus and guided by faith in Jesus.
So when sin lures us, when temptation comes knocking, when defeat threatens us, when evil crouches at our door… we can declare, “I’m sorry, but you’re trying to reach a person that isn’t here anymore, and there is no forwarding address. But if you’d like to talk to Jesus, He lives here now.”
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