How do you know if you belong to Christ?
“Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” – Galatians 5:24 NASB
According to that Bible passage you can easily see that it involves you crucifying your flesh.
Let me say that Jesus’s payment on the cross for all sins (ie. us living in our flesh) was a once and for all time event. Powerful.
You and me dying to our selfishness is a moment by moment thing because we know and believe what Jesus has already done. But, we cannot embrace that easy believism and go about willy nilly living our lives as if His death meant nothing. That is professing, not possessing.
That is not belonging to Christ.
Specifically, when I am habitually allowing my flesh to control me rather than the Holy Spirit, I am in a pattern of living with my passions and desires reigning:
- eating too much
- making frivolous purchases
- harboring resentment
- spreading gossip
- being self-centered
- being critical of someone without love at the root
- hating someone
Seeing the passage above is easy. Crucifying the flesh is not.
However, if I belong to Christ, I will hear and heed Him on this and I will crucify my flesh willingly even though it’s difficult, die to selfishness, repent of my sins, and walk forward freely rather than being enslaved to my sin. I will do this daily. It will be a habit. That is part of belonging to Him.
So, you and I can know we belong to Christ when it is more of our habit to crucify our flesh and its passions and live in light of the of the power of the cross in our lives.
To belong to Christ is to die to self.
I’m writing from my belonging heart today with others at