“I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.” -Galatians 2:20
This verse is one of my favorites! I wouldn’t have it tattooed on my foot if it didn’t mean something to me, but sometimes, we don’t always look super deep into scripture. I am doing a Beth Moore study about the Fruit of the Spirit and Galatians. A couple days ago the lesson was on Galatians 2, specifically on verse 20. I was excited because digging deeper is always fun, especially with a verse that means so much to me. Doing this lesson, I realized that I need to take this verse more seriously than I already to.
Look at the word Crucified. What does that mean to you? Last year I heard someone in a talk discuss crucifixion and the horrors of it, but how often do we cringe when someone breaks a bone, but hear that Christ was crucified and don’t even think twice about it? I am guilty as I am sure many people are.
So using what I learned from Beth Moore, here are 10 Characteristics of the Crucified Life – digging deeper into what it means to identify with Christ in his death.
1. Few will understand
2. You must abandon your own will and your own struggle
3. Your intimate spiritual companions will be few
Few will choose to walk the same road with you and be there for you through everything.
4. Intense times of aloneness with God are required
Jesus prayed alone
5. You will be constantly on the witness stand
-1 Peter 3:15-16
6. You must go “outside the camp”
7. There will be times when your dignity is forfeited.
8. You must forego your rights.
9. You must accept that death is painful.
-Matthew 27:34, 48
10. Because He was forsaken, you never will be