I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which 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.
Philippians 3:7-9 “But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith.”
Matthew 10:34-39 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.”
In my time in ministry so far I have heard far too many Christians complain about having lost their lives. They started coming to this Church and have thus lost track of themselves, “I am not me anymore, I am lost in Church attendance and activities.” I would think that sometimes we lack understanding of what it means to “give your life to Christ”, many Christians have claimed back their right, from Christ, to be who they were again, because this newness of life is uncomfortable. Paul says ‘I have suffered loss’, at least he is honest, he acknowledges that it is a hard transitioning and separation but it is to him worth it to gain Christ. I am not saying it is easy, what I am saying is that becoming a child of God means losing your identity to Christianity, count the cost!