Hope for a hot mess like me…

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Galatians 2:19 I have been crucified with Christ; 20 and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. 

Given that the apostle Paul was writing this letter to the churches in Galatia we know he hadn’t died a mortal death. At least not yet. Instead he was referring to a spiritual reality. In baptism he “died” in the water, but was raised up into a new life.

That’s true for you and me too. I get frustrated sometimes because, for all my spiritual growth over the years, I have such a long way to go. I keep getting in my own way. If living a life that honors God were simply a matter of trying hard I would be in complete despair. Why? Because trying harder doesn’t seem to get me very far.

But these verses from Galatians give me hope. The Spirit of God lives in me, as in all Christians. There are so many things I cannot do, but there is nothing impossible for God.

Lord, there are days when I’m spiritually strong, but many more it seems I’m just a hot mess. I expect many who read this blog post can relate. Give us grace to overcome our shortcomings, not by “trying harder” but by submitting to your power living in us. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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