“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.”
Galatians 2:20 ESV
To say one is living the surrendered life means that there is no area being held back from God; He has full access. For many, pride is still lurking being disguised in false humility or self righteousness. God wants us to be able to see ourselves for who we really are, completely. To do so, we must be made aware of our unworthiness and failed attempts to be who God has called us to be. There cannot be an ounce of pride before God.
In our shame, we seek to hide and cover ourselves as did Adam and Eve. We try to hold onto some semblance of dignity and yet Christ wants us to come before Him as we are, in our utter and desperate need. It is only then that we can be clothed in His righteousness. Christ is not impressed with how well we are able to hide our sin. The only thing Christ wants for us is to be so far removed from self that only He is seen. This means we must surrender self on the cross each day and be identified with Christ who bore our sin and shame. We must open ourselves up to Holy Spirit and let Him search our hearts and bring to the forefront anything that is of self so that it may be exposed and die. When we are crucified with Christ it is then that His life becomes alive in us.
In what way are you trying to impress God or others?
How have you tried to cover up sin before God? Others?
Is there any area that is not fully surrendered to Christ?