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 NKJV
One of my husband’s favorite sayings is, “It’s either on, or it’s off.” The adage comes from his forty-year computer background where binary numbers rule. Though programmers code in a variety of languages, the code will not run until translated into a string of zeroes and ones. This means that no matter how complex the program, at any given time, the circuit is simply either on or off.
The same applies to Christians. We either are or we aren’t. There is no in-between. Paul said we are crucified with Christ—not just saved by Christ but crucified with Him. That means the old sinful nature is dead, and a new creation has taken its place.
So if no in-between exists, why do we so often act as if it does? In many situations, we don’t want to appear “too Christian.” Someone might think we’re fanatical or accuse us of intolerance because of our views. On the other hand, we don’t want to seem too worldly. We know that doesn’t please God. Instead, we try to find a spot somewhere in the middle. Only there is no middle.
Whenever we’re tempted to compromise, even a little, we can give it the binary test. Are we complaining or praising? Using coarse language or conversation full of grace? Playing online games or reading the Bible? Spending time watching questionable movies or serving meals at a homeless shelter? We have a choice in each situation.
Only by identifying so closely with Christ that our lives reflect His glory can we “live by faith in the Son of God.” As Christians, we’re either on, or we’re off. It’s that simple. And that hard.
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Tracy Crump has published dozens of devotionals as well as articles in Focus on the Family, Mature Living, ParentLife, and others. Twelve of her stories have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and she writes a regular column for Southern Writers Magazine. She enjoys teaching other writers at conferences and through her Write Life Workshops and webinars. She also edits The Write Life, a monthly e-newsletter with story callouts for writers. But her most important job is Grandma to Nellie.