No Longer I

We are all familiar with Paul’s claim in Galatians that “I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” It is one of those line that expresses simply and beautifully my aspiration, and so I was touched the other day when someone posted this piece from Max Lucado, Next Door Savior. It gives beautiful content to Paul’s line:

To have my voice, but Him speaking
My Steps, but Christ leading
My heart, but His love beating
in me, through me, with me
What’s it like to have Christ on the inside?

To tap His strength when mine expires
or feel the force of heaven’s fires
raging, purging wrong desires
Could Christ become my entire self?

So much Him, so little me
that in my eyes it’s Him they see
What’s it like to a Mary be?
No longer I, but Christ in me.

The lines offer both a nice reflection on aspiration and a tool for an examen as we look back over this past week and consider where I have and have not been “so much Him, so little me.”