As Jesus followers we still have sinful desires, but we’re no longer slaves to them. Then a riff on Eugene Peterson’s take on Galatians 2:20: “I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work. So, I quit being a law man so that I could be God’s man. Christ’s life showed me how and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion.”
“And I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not mine, but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Next, Galatians 2:20 shows us that we are dead to who we used to be. We are alive to who we were created to be. And we are loved like we long to be! Then, you can’t add anything to what Jesus has done for you. You’re forgiven through Jesus alone. So, love because you’re loved, not to get his love.
Perry LaHaie is a radio host, singer, and songwriter with a passion to see the Great Commission completed in our generation. He was born and raised in northern Michigan, earned a degree in communications, and later a graduate degree in cross-cultural communications. Music and ministry have taken him all over the world. He served at Family Life Radio before serving with Frontiers, a worldwide ministry to Muslims. Perry and his wife, Teresa, have two children, Kali and Taylor.
Shawna Beyer has been a business owner, homeschool mom, church planter, project lead for a management consulting company, and church staff member. Born and raised in Southern California, she has been married for 25 years and is the mom of four. Shawna loves to help others discover a personal relationship with God that shapes how they think, feel, and live for Jesus daily. She loves being surrounded by her family and a good cup of coffee.