Those who belong to Christ are in a lifelong war.
The war is between the Spirit of Christ that lives in us, and the flesh we are trapped in until either our death, or His return.
We who belong to Him must crucify our flesh daily and submit to the will of the Father.
Those who don’t belong to Him will not experience this inner battle. They are at ease with their sin. They feel no conflict within themselves over their wrongdoing because wallowing in the pigpen of the sinful nature is who they are. They are comfortable there. They haven’t been transformed and made new in Christ.
If you claim to belong to Christ, but find yourself pulled in by the things of the world, and you don’t feel the struggle between wanting to please God and wanting to satisfy your lusts and cravings for sin, then it is possible you have never been converted. If this is a fitting description of you, heed the words of 2 Corinthians 13:5:
“Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Can’t you see for yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you—unless you actually fail the test?”
If you are not constantly crucifying your sinful desires and exercising the fruit of self-control, then you are failing the test. If you don’t mourn over your sin, you are failing the test. If you constantly justify your sinful behavior as “no big deal”, you are failing the test. If you refuse to repent, you are failing the test.
To be in Christ means to die daily to the flesh. To mourn our sin. To be sorrowful when we fail. To offer ourselves as a LIVING sacrifice. ( Romans 12:1 ) What is a sacrifice? It is the killing of something. A death. For the believer, the sacrifice is ourselves. Not a literal death, but the death of our fleshly desires.
“I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”—Galatians 2:20
This is to be the lifestyle of a follower of Christ. One of submission and obedience at all cost. A life crucified to self. It is no longer I who live, but Him living in me.
There is a simple and beautiful chorus by Michael O’Brien whose lyrics should be the Christian’s daily anthem. May our life’s prayer be:
Christ in Me is all I want to be
Solely You in everything I do
Cleanse me today
Mold me like the potter’s clay
Free to be Christ in Me
Here the song here:
Soli Deo Gloria!