May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
To truly enjoy this world (because there is a lot to enjoy!), being crucified to it and it to you is the way to go. Only when you’re free of the world and captivated by Christ can you enjoy this world.
In context Paul is talking about those who put confidence in their own flesh – the fact that they were circumcised. They delighted in others who conformed to this law… they were boasting in their flesh…. but they were not obeying the law. Paul is preaching Christ and teaching freedom. To be free we must be dead to this world. When we’re dead we then qualify for resurrection! This is exactly what Jesus does. He re-creates us, giving us new life. This new life is how this world is enjoyed to the fullest – completely under the Lordship of Jesus.
Lord Jesus, be Lord over me this day.