“I have been nailed to the cross with Christ”.
Gal 2:19 CEV
Stubborn and assertive though the ego is in most people, so great is the depth of Christ’s love that some people have managed to deny themselves to the extent that it has been said of them that they have been crucified with Christ. Few of them ever talk about themselves.
“Occasionally the saint will speak of this secret death. Normally, he does not speak much of himself, but, under the pressure of the Holy Spirit, and to aid a seeking soul, he will tell of it.
George Müller did. As Dr A.T. Pierson remarked of that God-engrossed man, his own Autobiography gives little idea of the power and, indeed, the charm of the man to whom God gave thousands of orphans and more than a million pounds. But, hard-pressed on one occasion to tell his secret, George Müller said: ‘There was a day when I died; utterly died’, and as he spoke he bent lower until he almost touched the floor. Continuing, he added: ‘Died to George Müller, his opinions, preferences, tastes and will; died to the world, its approval or censure; died to the approval or blame even of my brethren and friends and, since then, I have studied only to show myself approved unto God’” (W.E. Sangster, The Pure in Heart, p141).
Take a long hard look at your ego. How neurotically obsessed by yourself, your dreams, your plans, your achievements, your family are you? Bring that ego to Christ – all of it, every aspect of it, the good as well as the bad – and lay it at the feet of the crucified Christ. If you can’t crucify it yourself, let Christ do it for you. Then vow to live to Christ alone.
Lord, you died for me. I will live for you.