Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
As a young minister I was influenced by the teachings of Miss Bertha Smith and also by Rev. Jack Taylor. They both taught much about living each day surrendered to the Lord. This is only possible when you are dead to self. Willfully, consciously and intentionally each day choosing things and attitudes of the Kingdom over the things of self. This is not a once and for all decision but a daily and sometimes hourly or each minute battle. I have learned over my 37 years of ministry that it is much easier written about or preached about than it is lived. The battle with self is constant and it’s a struggle. If we are to be filled with the spirit of our Lord we must be emptied of ourselves.
Jack Taylor shared this poem in his book The Key To Triumphant Living and it has stuck with me ever since.
“There is a foe who hidden power the Christian well may fear. For more subtle than inbred sin and to the heart more dear. It is the power of selfishness it is the willful I, and if my Lord is to live in me my very self must die.” -Mike Wallace