16th June 2015
"May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world." (Galatians 6:14).
When we trust in Christ we die to ourselves and the world. As we go through life we build dreams, aims, purposes and plans and we strive towards them believing they will bring us joy, peace and glory. These dreams include anything we seek to achieve apart from God and also those self-motivated things we do expecting God to bless us. The cross confronts us with the truth and the vanity of our human glory. This world is crucified to us when we believe that everything we have of any value comes from God and not us. Then all our human desires are exposed for what they are - godless and empty. And there, we too are crucified as our desires are shown to be opposed to God and fit for judgement.
At the cross we also find a resurrection. There we are raised to new life in Christ alone. Everything we have of any value is found to come from Him, and in His plans for us. It is disconcerting to realise that all of our 'little dreams' are coming to nothing and are even against God but there too we find new life. "For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain." (Philippians 1:21).
Rev Derek Schiller (originally provided by SMS to ACC members)