Both Fact and Choice

24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires (Galatians 5).

“The flesh” is described here as consisting of “passions and desires.” The word for “desires” here has a narrow meaning to include those things particularly which lure us into forbidden actions. “Passions” are those things that drive us with an uncontrollable longing, causing us to run headlong after them with no thought of the consequences. We do not have hold of them—they have hold of us, and will destroy us if we allow them constant foothold. 

The only way to conquer our passions and desires is to allow the cross to have hold of them for us. Yes, it is a fact that believers have already been crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20), but it is also no less true that we must choose each day to “carry our crosses” (Luke 9:23) in obedience to our Savior and “crucify the flesh.” Our crucifixion happened once in the past as fact, but must continue to happen in the present by choice.

Lord, help us This Day to climb up on the cross—and stay there all day. Amen.