My Death is Life
When Paul says, “I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live but Christ lives in me,” he is saying that he has been so identified with the death of Christ that he is completely dead. The question is, are you so identified with God that you can say the same? You say, “Yes I am dead,” but are you living? Are you complaining when God puts on your heart something to do, are you grumbling when a job does not go your way, are you questioning the place God has you, are you succumbing to habitual fleshly sins? If so, ask yourself, “Am I really dead?” How much life is there in a dead man?
Trust the gospel, that God has united you to the death of Christ (Rom. 6:6)! Consider yourself as put to death on the cross and die and you will find that the very death of your life, when it identifies completely with the very death of Jesus’ life also partakes and is identified with the very resurrection of His New Life (Rom. 6:5).
So when you hear Jesus say “Deny yourself daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23) keep yourself on the cross and Christ alive on the throne of your heart (not the other way around). In Christ it’s not about me, it’s not about my, it’s not about mine. If I, me, or mine, a.k.a. Self, pops up, put it to death, because God already has in Christ on your behalf. Keep the self on the cross where it belongs. No life can go through a wood chipper and still be alive; the same is true of the cross of Christ. When an area comes up that makes you doubt or question the validity of the Spirit’s calling, put it on the cross. If an area seems too hard for you to do or even within your grasp to be done, put it on the cross. Any time a piece of flesh or self - good or bad - resurfaces, put it on the cross and lean solely on the Life of Christ in you. I, me, and mine are dead, so stop living in them. They are dead through the cross, yet I live, but not I, but Christ lives in me (Gal. 2:20). That is the faith that God desires.
When you identify yourself as dead the way God already identified you when you believed the gospel (Eph. 1:13), you will find that you are also identified with His resurrection and that you no longer live but Christ lives in you, now. Recklessly abandon until it is no longer you that people see but Christ in you.