Day Three: Cruciform Life

2 Corinthians 3:18 (NLT) 18 So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.

“Jesus lived the cruciform life of loving God and others, the life that God’s first son and servant (Adam), and God’s adopted sons and servants (Israel) had failed to live. He died by a crucifixion that all of us deserve: “he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities” (Isaiah 53:5). Then God raised him from the dead to prove that, by his cross, Jesus had triumphed over God’s adversary, the devil (Genesis 3:15, Acts 2:24, Colossians 2:15). It is by faith in Jesus as the perfectly obedient son and the perfect offering for sin in our place that we are finally and completely restored, having been reconciled to and made right with God (2 Corinthians 5:17-21, Romans 3:21-26)…Through the gospel we enter the reality of the promise that our corrupt, me-first life will be forgiven and progressively replaced with a cross-shaped, you-first life of glory by the power of the Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:18). Through Jesus we are shaped by the cross into the shape of the cross.” [Davis, Jimmy. Cruciform: Living the Cross-Shaped Life]

Let’s sing “Living With A Fire” (click here) by Jesus Culture and let’s pray that God will fill us once again with His Holy Spirit, that ‘me-first’ life will be replaced by the cruciform life.

 

-DP

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