Galatians 2:20 – I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live but Christ lives in me. The life in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
When we make photocopies of documents we can only make so many copies before the ink in the copier must be replaced. If we do not replace the ink cartridge with a new one, the copies will begin to fade and get lighter until all we get is blank pieces of paper.
In our Christian life, Christ is trying to make copies of himself, to reproduce his life in us. Today's verse tells us that the "ink" is that "Christ lives in me." How important it is to remember that we have died with Christ. Since we have died with Christ we have died to sin. But we need to remember to die to sin daily. If we remember this, it can strengthen us and help us in our relationship with God. If we choose to forget this, it can affect our ability to hear God's will. We can listen to God, but we may not hear him. If we are running on a low ink cartridge, our copies will be weak, but if we renew the cartridge the copies will be very clear and crisp. Sharing in Christ's crucifixion, we have a unity with him, and the more this is true, the more our copy should be like Christ.
Prayer: Lord, we thank you for the opportunities we have to associate with you through the sacraments, fellowship, prayer and Bible study. May you continually fill us with your presence so that we may be clear copies for others to see. In Jesus' name. Amen.