NO LONGER I
C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) wrote in his wonderful little book ‘Mere Christianity’ (which is a book that helped to turn me to the way of Christ many years ago), “The more we get what we now call “ourselves” out of the way and let Him take us over, the more truly ourselves we become. . . I am not, in my natural state, nearly so much of a person as I like to believe: most of what I call “me” can be very easily explained. It is when I turn to Christ, when I give myself up to His Personality, that I first begin to have a real personality of my own.”
The apostle Paul wrote to the Galatian Church, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
This is a well-known easy and sentimental verse to quote and get a stiff upper lip about… but very difficult to make into reality. I find I am still very much alive to many of my fleshly ways. I just want to say I am not dead…but I do hope I am dying.
“For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.” Jesus