Irrevocably, I have been crucified and resurrected in Christ. Undoubtedly, I no longer live but Christ lives in me. The Message paraphrase of Galatians 2:20 is spot on and it reads, “What actually took place is this: I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work. So I quit being a “law man” so that I could be God’s man. Christ’s life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that. Is it not clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be an abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God? I refuse to do that, to repudiate God’s grace. If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then Christ died unnecessarily.” Simply put, I can’t “out-do”what Christ did. Personally, I mess up (sin) everyday and thanks to the revelatory conviction of the Holy Spirit, I learned (“way back in the days of old”) that I could never stand before a Holy and Righteous God alone! Therefore, I surrendered my life to Christ and I have no plans of backpedaling on that decision!