- Galatians 6:14 But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
I racked my brain all last week trying to preach the fact that we have been crucified to the world and the world to us. This is the best I could come up with.
We are so invested in this world, so convinced that this world is ours, that we cannot take criticism or calmly accept the fact that non-Christians don’t bear spiritual fruit. We cling to our symbols and laws as if they really help us to keep our stronghold in this world. We boast, and find our identities, in so many things other than Christ. It wouldn’t hurt so bad when the world takes away if we weren’t so invested in what it gives.
When the world is against you, when you feel the need to fly off the handle and lash back, when you feel the need to spew anger and venom, remember this – they can’t fire you, you’re already fired. They can’t kill you, you’re already dead. You’ve been crucified with Christ. The world holds no sway and it has no final say.
In the movie Walk the Line, someone tells Johnny Cash that his black clothes make it look like he’s going to funeral. He responds, “Maybe I am.” We should walk around with a mentality somewhat akin to this; but instead of walking around as if we’re going to a funeral, we should walk around as if we’ve already been to our own funeral and come out on the other end alive.