I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
(Galatians 2:20 NIV)
Perhaps building up on the figurative statement of Jesus, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24), Paul tells the Galatians that he has been crucified with Christ. As we mature in our Christian walk, we, too, will begin to identify with Paul. Being crucified with Christ means that we become dead to sin and the things of the world and alive to the things of God. It’s when we learn to die that we begin to live. It’s a paradox, but it’s very true.
We begin to live when we learn to die.