"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life i live in my body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Galatians 2:20-21

The words of our Lord are often swords, quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged blade.

And sometimes they are pearls - or even like tiny seed pearls, easily overlooked. But how beautiful when they are found! His words about we who are called to be His lights in this world, are precious seed pearls: 

"Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light to all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before all men... " 
Matthew 5:15-16, KJV

The candlelight will even shine through the windows on the people who pass by in the street outside.

But welcome anything that calls you to your only true position: "I have been crucified with Christ..." Galatians 2:20. A crucified life cannot be self assertive. It cannot protect itself. It cannot be startled into resentful words. The cup that is full of sweet water cannot spill bitter-tasting drops, however sharply it is knocked.

My Father, on fist look, these are difficult words: "crucified with Christ". On second look, we see the promise... that you can free us from a soul that is yet immature... unsettled... demanding. We pray for mature souls for our NEEMA girls, souls that taste Your sweet water and cling to You.

Devotion rewritten from Amy Carmichael's I Come Quietly To Meet You