I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
The Canadian Open tees off today at Hamilton Golf and Country Club in Ontario. Believe it or not, the Canadian Open is the third oldest continuously running tournament on the PGA Tour. A golf tournament’s longevity can almost be guaranteed when a picturesque course, dedicated sponsors, hard working organizers, and a loyal fan base are involved. Its success is dependent on the work of the many employees and volunteers months in advance of the start of tournament play.
The success and promise of eternal life for the believer were made possible through Christ over two thousand years ago. The saving power Paul experienced still has the same strength today for save the lost. Paul paradoxically compared the acts of Christ with his own natural life. Paul reflected that his natural body was crucified with Christ. Even though he was still living a life in the flesh, he lived spiritually by fully placing his faith in Christ. The flesh did not stop breathing upon Paul’s “crucifixion” with Christ. Just like Jesus, Paul’s flesh died a physical death. His great efforts on Earth boldly proclaiming the saving grace of Christ were complete and his promised eternal life was realized. Because of his faithfulness, Paul continues to preach these truths of Christ today through his many writings recorded in the Bible. One day all the efforts, hours and money spend to prolong our earthy ventures no matter their historic longevity will be gone and forgotten. However, true longevity for the believer begins the day he or she places faith in Jesus Christ. On that day, we die to the fulfillments of the flesh and become an heir to eternal life.