Christian Walk · Life Lessons

It Is No Longer I

Difficult people.
Difficult circumstances.
Long period of waiting.

Galatians 2:20 says, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (ESV)

We always hear that our lives are made up of 10% of what’s happening to us and 90% of how we respond to it. Living a spirit-filled life on a daily basis requires us to think like Jesus, talk like Jesus and act like Jesus. It is putting a different perspective on every situation that if it’s Jesus, what will He do? What will He say? For it is really no longer I, but Christ who lives in me.

IINLI moments:

You and your friend applied for a job. You were accepted, she wasn’t. She’s now discouraging you by talking negatively about the company you applied for. You became irritated inside. One day, she asked for a prayer. You’re hesitant. Then you remembered, “It is no longer I.”

You are annoyed with someone or you felt bad about some situation. You automatically felt the urge to shout it out on your social networking accounts. You wanted to share to the world how you feel at that moment. Then you remembered, “It is no longer I.”

You are already late and you have to ride a public transportation. You bumped with someone while hurrying on the last available seat of the vehicle that passed by. You wanted to take the ride. Then you remembered, “It is no longer I.”

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Your boss sucks. Your partner in the office sucks. You wanted to confront them and tell them that they are making each day of your workweek like hell. You don’t have any pleasant word in your vocabulary when it comes to those people. Then you remembered, “It is no longer I.”

Cars are usually parked on the side street every morning. Someone opened the passenger door exactly while you were passing by. You were hurt physically. You wanted to yell for her recklessness. Then you remembered, “It is no longer I.”

You went abroad for an important conference. Your baggage was missing and authorities informed you that they will send it to your hotel the day after tomorrow. You didn’t have spare clothes on your carry-on bag. You were frustrated. You were disappointed. Then you remembered, “It is no longer I.”

Your children disobeyed your commands. They were not listening to you while you were talking to them. You felt disrespected. You were tempted to nag. You wanted to release your anger by hurting them physically. Then you remembered, “It is no longer I.”

A foreigner was seated next to you in a plane. He started asking about the book you’re reading. He continued questioning you about your faith in Jesus and your belief in eternal life. You are confident to argue or debate about it. Then you remembered, “It is no longer I.”

Whenever we face these challenging people and circumstances, we must be quick to convert these to IINLI moments. The basic strategy is “Don’t React. Respond”. By doing so, practice to PRAY.
P – Pause
R – Resist the first impulse
A – Ask the Holy Spirit what to do or what to say
Y – Yield

Indeed, christian living is not difficult; it is impossible. Thus, we should learn to live each day with one audience as we depend on Him alone.

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