Simple Life

photo of gray and black touring motorcycle on asphalt road
“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.”  Galatians 2:20
Life should be so simple. I’ve been riding motorcycles since I was 14 years old—a long time ago—and I remember a motorcycle ad from the 1980’s that showed a virtually empty kitchen with only an old fridge, a plain, chrome leg kitchen table, two chairs and, in the middle of the kitchen, a beautiful new motorcycle.  The caption read:  “Life should be so simple.”
Now, I have never moved a motorcycle into the kitchen, but I understand the appeal.  Let’s get down to what matters and celebrate what we really love. 

Paul has this same direction in our verse.  He says that his life can be summed up in this one relationship.  He has joined his life with Christ and so many things that used to matter are gone.  Paul, the former Pharisee, gave up his pursuit of keeping a perfect record before God and admitted he would never achieve that.  Instead, he saw himself and his failures killed in the crucifixion of Jesus.  And the resurrection of Jesus was the resurrection of himself, a new person in God’s sight.  Good Friday was Paul’s death also and Easter was his start of a new life.

In the end, it comes down to love.  You only move the bike into the kitchen if you really love motorcycles—and you probably also live alone. Love is what makes this relationship with Christ, this new-every-day life.  Paul makes the simplest statement for us:  “The life I live, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.”  This is a love that doesn’t empty our lives; this love is what fills life.  Life is simple—with his love, life is full. 
Heavenly Father, thank you for the simple life.  When everything is busy and too full, thank you that you have one thing in the center of our lives.  You let us start new every day by faith with you. Make our relationship with you the one thing that matters. Fill the empty space in our lives with this truth:  You love us and have given yourself for us.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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