I have crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now 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 Paul’s day, people offered themselves to all kinds of sinful behavior. Prostitution and other forms of idolatry were common practices in pagan temples.
In an attempt to raise the spiritual consciousness of the early church, Paul insisted that believers retain a high standard of purity. They had received new life through Jesus Christ, but they needed to practice and live out this new life on a daily basis.
The church probably wondered, “How do we do this? Everywhere we turn, our eyes are met with forms of degradation.” Sound familiar?
The only way we can maintain our purity is by an act of our wills, whereby we become living spiritual sacrifices to God.
Warren Wiersbe asserts, “God transforms our minds and makes us spiritually minded by using His Word. As you spend time meditating on God’s Word, memorizing it, and making it a part of your inner man, God will gradually make your mind more spiritual.”
When we desire God’s will over the desires of the flesh, we deny self. We acknowledge that we have been crucified with Christ and we no longer live, but Jesus Christ now lives to the glory of God in us (Galatians 2:20).
Father, as I meditate on Your Word today, transform my mind and give me the mind of Christ.