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
While I was attempting to wrap up this series of posts, I saw a gap. I realized I have a question, one to which I’d love an answer. It’s this: What does Not I, but Christ mean in reality? Where’s the distinction? How can I exist and have it be the life of Christ? I’ve stated before, “My fulfillment is found in His satisfaction,” which for me clearly displays Not I but Christ, but what does that look like?
I am alive. I have a mind, will and emotions. I have the right to choose Christ or self. I’ve been given free will and afforded the ability to determine my path. And yet I’ve been crucified with Christ, it’s no longer I who live but Christ in me. So how does this work? Well, it’s a deep and wonder-filled mystery! But what I’m asking for from Christ is a parable to explain it. He was able to reveal deep Kingdom realities within His parables of earthly things. It’s amazing – the mustard seed, the pearl of great price, the Kingdom and leaven, the wheat and the tares and the list goes on. Jesus was able to make great eternal truths incredibly tangible for those who had ears to hear. I’m asking for Him to reveal a parable about the Kingdom reality of Not I but Christ to me. No small feat, but I can’t wait for the answer.
As I showed in my posts about Christ playing catch with me, as well as being my Carpenter, Not I but Christ is not isolated to Christ being in me. Because I am in Him, everything involving me – and all things about me – is included. Yes, since my life is hidden in Him and now I’m actually seated with Him in the heavenlies, then I experience all things in Him. He can even use an unwitting person for me. Not I but Christ includes all the gamut of my life.
So I want to step off into Him. I want to see things “I know not.” So come with me as I proceed down this path. My next stop will be Not I but Christ as church.