My last post was about living with a purpose, and living as a living sacrifice. I wrote about how living with a purpose shouldn’t be about yourself but about others. If you haven’t read it you can read it here.
This post will conclude the series, “Truly Living.” The Bible says that the only way to live is to die. I don’t mean physically die, but to die to your self. 1 Peter 2:24 says, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.”
If you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you become a new creation. Your old self has washed away. If you do not follow Christ, you might be physically living, but spiritually dead.
Sin is death. If you live in sin, which everyone of us did before we accepted Christ, you are dead. But if you die to sin, you become alive. In Luke 9:23 you read, “And he said to all, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.'”
Jesus pretty much said, “If you want to follow me, die to your sins and your worldly life.” If you die to yourself, you will begin to live for God. Jesus once told the Sadducees, “God is not the God of the Dead, but the God of the Living.” If you haven’t died to yourself, God is not your God. You must be alive to live with God.
Jessie Penn-Lewis once said, “The believer’s death with Christ upon His Cross therefore means being crucified to the world in all its aspects. Not to be a miserable, joyless person, but one filled with the joy and glory of another world. It is not the “cross” that makes us miserable, but the absence of it. It is a delivering Cross – a Cross that liberates you to have the very foretaste of heaven in you, as already sharers of the power of the age to come…. Glory to God for the Cross that severs us from the world, and the world-spirit, and makes a way for us into another world where all is peace and joy and love.”
So not only do you become a new creation and alive, you also become free from earthly desires, joyful and loving. Now, this doesn’t just happen overnight. No one is perfect. We all mess up sometimes, we all sin daily. That’s why Jesus says that we must deny ourselves and take up our cross daily.
It’s a daily struggle and it’s not easy. But when you die to your self, you can truly live. You are delivered from death. When you die to yourself, you are able to live life with a purpose. You can finally serve God with all your heart, mind, and soul. You will also be able to serve others.
Dying to oneself is the beginning. It isn’t the end. Thank you.
Part 1: Life
Part 2: Living With a Purpose