What Does It Mean To Live A Christian Life?

Ask a dozen Christians this question and you will get a dozen different answers. Most of the answers will be some form of “live a good life, please the Lord, be like Jesus, and set the example.” These answers are not necessarily wrong. Good works that please the Lord and set the example for others are fruit of the Spirit, but there is a more biblical answer.
 
The best answer for what the Christian life is all about is summarized in Galatians 2:20. “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.”
 
The first sentence says, “I have been crucified with Christ.” By this Paul means that he has died to any notion that he can live the life required to please God. He had already blown it. God had created him, given him life, and made it clear what were His righteous requirements. Paul had come up short. Add to this that God had sent His only son to Paul’s rescue, an offer he had initially rejected. Worse, he was a persecutor of the church. It was because of rebellious people like Paul that Jesus suffered condemnation and death.
 
When Paul came to the realization that he had blown it, the man that he once was died. He was nailed to the cross with Christ. He had experienced the conviction of the Holy Spirit when he came face to face with Christ on the Road to Damascus. Sorrow over His sin led him to identify with and comprehend the suffering of Christ. He died of godly sorrow.
 
However, he did not remain dead. The next phrase reads, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.” When Paul reached the realization that he had blown it… when he died to himself… the crucified and risen Christ came into Paul and took up residence in his heart. By this, Paul, who was once dead and crucified with Christ, was raised up and made to live. Before this occasion where Christ came into Paul, he had been unable to please God, but now, by the power of Christ living in him, he would be able to live for God’s glory. It would not be Paul who was pleasing the Lord, but the Christ who was living in him.
 
After his experience on the Damascus road where he died and was raised again, Paul would not be satisfied with just hanging out and waiting for Jesus to return or call him home. Paul would L-I-V-E. He planted churches all over the Roman world. He was instrumental in raising up new leaders of the Christian faith who would carry on the leadership of the Church after the apostles were martyred. He prayed. He studied. He gave generously. He was honest. He would author much of the New Testament under divine inspiration. All of this represented the life that Paul lived, “in the flesh.”
 
He tells us in Galatians 2:20 that that life he lived in the flesh, he “lived by faith in the Son of God” who loved and gave Himself up for Paul. This is to say that Paul lived not by trusting in his own accomplishments or goodness, but by trusting in Jesus, His life, death, burial, and resurrection. It was the good work that Christ had done for him that caused him to be able to live an abundant life, bringing honor and praise to God the Father.
 

So here is the most biblical answer to the question, “What is the Christian life all about?” First, it is about dying… everyday realizing that the penalty for your sin was suffered by Christ on the cross. Apart from Christ, there is no chance of you pleasing God. If you ever had an opportunity to honor God in your life, you blew it a long time ago. Second, it is about living. If you have died to yourself, then you have also been raised to a new life. So live! Jesus loved you and gave Himself up for you so that by faith in His sacrifice you could live, and with Him living in you, you could make an impact for His glory.