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The Life You Now Live

Stuart Briscoe

The unexamined life is not worth living. -Socrates

Early philosophers spent long days dissecting the question, “What’s the meaning of life?” These famous thinkers instinctively understood that each one of us has a reason to be here, and we shouldn’t squander our time.

Throughout the Bible, God says He has a purpose, and you are a significant part of it. The Creator wants to work through you to bless others! It’s almost too amazing to grasp.

So if that’s your purpose, are you fulfilling it? If you don’t know, look at the things and people that take up most of your time and you’ll find your priorities, your values, and, ultimately, your beliefs. You might be surprised at where you are putting your faith.

The apostle Paul proclaimed, “I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” It’s a lofty statement, but one that Paul certainly embodied. He gave up his standing as a respected religious leader as well as the comforts of home and freedom, and traveled the world proclaiming the Gospel. He understood his purpose, embraced it, and lived it single-mindedly.

How did Paul do it? Stuart explores that question by looking deeper into Galatians 2:20, and he shares five secrets of Paul’s successful life.

Messages From This Series:

Everybody you've ever met is in the process of living a lifetime. Every one of them has developed a certain approach to life—we call it a lifestyle. Behind every lifestyle is a system of beliefs that determines attitudes and actions. You could call this living by faith. But in what?

Scripture: Galatians 2:20

Quality of life is a major factor in people's thinking. They are asking, "What are we living for?" Answers proliferate, but the Bible says we are called to "live for God!"

Scripture: Galatians 2:19-2:20

Paul's use of expressions like "I have been crucified with Christ" and "Christ lives in me" leads some to assume that spiritual life is mystical or impractical. But the specific statement that it is lived "in the body" should be noted and the resultant issues carefully considered.

Scripture: Galatians 2:20

Writing to the Galatians, Paul explained that he had "died to the law"; He had been "crucified with Christ." And He had "crucified the sinful nature." In addition, he told them that through the cross "the world has been crucified to me and I to the world." These startling statements deserve our attention.

Scripture: Galatians 6:14

Paul's statement, "The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love," succinctly answers the legalists who imposed Law and the libertines who abused Liberty. It reminds us all that genuine believers live by faith and show it in love.

Scripture: Galatians 5:1-5:6

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