If you and I are genuine Christians, then we are to be defined by Jesus Christ, not by the culture around us, our personal history, our talents and abilities or even our dreams or goals. We are His servants, friends, family and His body. We belong to Him, purchased with His blood and pain. We no longer live for our own rights, but His. Nor for our purposes, but His. The persons who once were the centers of your and my universes – ourselves – were crucified with Christ. The life that we now live must be informed by the Word of God and directed by the Spirit of God.