What Gets Nailed to the Cross?

This topic has been on my mind for awhile.  It is a pretty big subject, so we will see how we do in just a few paragraphs space.

We know the scriptures that pertain to us picking up our cross and following Jesus.  But, really that scripture can have little meaning unless we know exactly what is going to be nailed to that cross.

You might be surprised when I say God does not expect you to be nailed to that cross.  Christ doesn’t want you to die for Him.  He wants you to live for Him.

But, something gets nailed to your cross.  And it is your cross.  There are no crosses that looks exactly like yours.  It’s personal.

To understand what gets nailed to the cross you have to understand the story of “The Two Me’s.”

The first Me I was born with.  He’s a pretty good fellow.  He laughs, cries, talks, and gets along ok.  But, the first Me has a problem.  While he can be a good fellow, he can also be hateful, judgmental, envious, jealous, greedy, selfish, vengeful, angry, disrespectful, disobedient, sinful.  His heart is full of murder, war, and every vile thing known to man.  Before you judge me too harsh, you need to know – you have a first me, too.  Maybe your first me is nicer than mine, but it still has problems.

Fortunately, I have a second Me.  I did not create this Me.  I did not go to therapy or school to learn this Me.  It is not philosophy, or a different way of looking at life.  No, this second Me is a gift.  A gift I did not deserve, earn, or pay for.  This gift was already paid for by Christ’s death on the cross.  This second Me has none of the vices I listed above.

Now, here’s the challenge – these two Me’s must live in the same body, at least for now.  Only the second Me will go to heaven, and I will leave the first Me behind.  But, for now, these two Me’s compete within my mind and body.  They do not share.  There is no compromise.  One must go, and it must be the first Me.  Go where?

Now we come to the heart of the matter – it is the first Me that needs to be nailed to my cross.  Is it a one-time thing?  No, it is a daily matter.  While the first Me can be very bad, it is the Me I was born with, and the one I have no real desire to harm.  I’m familiar with the first Me.  If I feed the first Me he takes care of me.  Well, not really takes care of me, but gives me the things I lust for.  The first Me gives me short-term enjoyment, although there are long-term penalties and suffering.  The second Me has no long-term penalties or suffering, but is not always pleasant in the short-term.

Regardless of my affection and long-term relationship with the first Me, he must be crucified, and put to death.  Will it hurt?  Yes, it will hurt.  Will it be beneficial?  Yes, it will be tremendously beneficial, not only to me, but others I come in contact with will benefit also.  By putting to death the first Me the second Me can shine through, and I finally can become the person God intended for me to be.

If all this “me’ing” has gotten you confused, just substitute the “flesh” for the first Me, and the “Spirit” for the second Me, and read the Book of Romans and you will be fine.

If you want to know what a person looks like who has completely yielded to the second Me, you only have to look at Christ.  There is nothing selfish, hateful, or disgusting there.  What is left is the desire to be in the Father’s Will, and to please Him.  Even His death was not for Himself, but for us.

[Editor’s Note:  When I talk about putting the first Me (flesh) to death, I’m not talking about putting our physical body to death.  I’m referring to our sinful flesh nature.]

One Response to “What Gets Nailed to the Cross?”

  1. Barbara McGuire Says:

    Wow! Absolutely loved this blog! Never had it put this way before but how unique to put it so simply! I think even a child could understand this and yet it is so powerful! The Two Me’s! I won’t forget this one! Blessings….

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