Monday, July 12, 2010

We Are the Body - The Crucified Life

If We Are the Body...We are called to live the “crucified” life.  What does this look like to you?  How does this play out in your daily life?

Do I want to be conformed to the image of Christ, or do I want what I want?

No easy questions this week!  Here's an excerpt from Gina's post:
Each time I offer up my life, my rights, my comfort, my friendships, my children’s friendships, my agenda, and all of these things up to the Lord as a sacrifice…I am then able to leave them behind, move on, and learn in a deeper way what it means to serve without expectations. All of these situations are opportunities for me to learn how to live the crucified life!
This is something that I struggle with.  Don't misunderstand:  I love to help other people, even when it requires personal sacrifice.  But there are times when my flesh wins the battle and I ask, "What about ME?"

It's something that I've been working on.  I think we need to find the right balance between serving others and taking care of ourselves.  I'm not talking about being self-centered, but "sharpening the saw" so that we can continue to serve.  For example, if I don't spend quiet time with the Lord, I find that I'm lacking the grace to serve my family.  I need that time with Him to replenish me so that I have something to give.  If--in the busyness of daily life--I neglect to spend that time with God, I get overwhelmed and I mentally check out.  That way I avoid the whole situation, but I know it's not a response that pleases God.

Thinking about this reminds me of the words of the apostle Paul, who wrote this:
I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.  (Romans 7:15-20)
I could say the same sort of thing:  I want to do what is good, but I mess up so often!  I like Gina's suggestion of asking the Lord to continue to provide me with opportunities to serve others, and that's what I'll be doing this week.

What about you?  What does "the crucified life" look like to you?  How does this play out in your daily life?  Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments here, or visit At the Well for more.

6 comments :

  1. Great post!! I too find if I don't get my quiet time with my Lord I don't have the grace and love to give them. I am more stressed or quick to snap.

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  2. It occurs to me that in some ways what the crucified life entails does not fit in with what the world is trying to condition us to want which is a 'balanced' life.

    Balance has a way of saying I will help you as long as I can balance out my helping with some serious me time...I will read the Bible today as long as I also get to take some time out to watch my favorite television program.

    Balance is important but the way we approach balance today is very selfish and anti-pouring out of one's self.

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  3. Oh, I didn't mean to attack the foundation of your position - I was just thinking about a crucified life and how what I read about truly crucified lives such as Oswald Chambers doesn't fit with this popular concept of balance in today's world - I was on my own tangent and it was not meant attack you position - it was just a place to clarify my thoughts.

    I agree - Jesus took time to be alone too - when one is poured out one needs to take time to be with God so He can fill us again.

    I will copy this into a comment at your blog too!!

    I am sorry!!

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  4. Oooo---very convicting post, Melissa! :s

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  5. As always perfect timing and post. I will continue to help and support others. Keep doing on and when I fall know that I will stand up and try again.

    I'm far from perfect and I just hope that if I keep chugging forward that and doing onto others that it will be the right path. Along with remembering to also take the time need for me and reflecting.

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  6. Great post and something we all struggle with. It is hard to give up your time for others, especially when you have so little time for yourself. It's good to know that others are struggling and pushing forward as I am. Makes me want to try harder.
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