As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died. It doesn’t matter whether we have been circumcised or not. What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation.
Galatians 6:14-15 NLT
As Paul concludes his letter to the believers in Galatia, he chooses to finish with his own handwriting in large letters. He wants them to focus on his closing words. His emphasis is on the cross of Jesus.
Paul tells them, and us, “Because of that cross, my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died.”
This crucified interest is the power of the cross. When we come to the cross of Jesus and realize the impact of His death on the cross, we are forever transformed. Our priorities change because we are now living to please our Heavenly Father and not ourselves.
While part of this is instantaneous, much of it occurs as the progressive work of grace. The more I open my heart to the grace of God, the more I am transformed into His image. That means my desires begin to come into alignment with His desires.
Jesus tells us in Mark chapter 8 that we are to pick up our cross daily. That command means there is a daily choice we make to invite the Holy Spirit to transform the way we view life. Our priorities and desires begin to shift. We become a new creation in Christ. We are becoming more like Him daily.
Holy Spirit, I want the power of the cross working in my life. Daily, I want to become more like Christ.
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