Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Rest In Peace~

December 23, 2004.

Standing at my father's grave site, I was reminded of a sermon I once heard. The pastor was preaching on "dying to self" and to drive his point home, he asked the following question:

"How do you know you are truly dead?"

After a short pause, he answered his own question.

" When people can throw dirt on you and it doesn't even faze you."


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Dying to self.



I'm sure you would agree this is one of the hardest, most painful things Christ calls us to do. And yet, it is also one of the most loving.


As long as self is alive, we are miserable.


Selfishness doesn't bring joy or happiness to our life. It only delivers jealousy, envy and self-pity.


Pride doesn't bring us satisfaction. It only keeps us keeping up with the Joneses.


As long as self is alive we have a reputation to defend, an image to maintain, and feelings to keep happy.



The last year of my father's life was filled with sleepless nights, suffering and fear. He was alive, but far from living. He was a slave to his sickness, held prisoner by a body under attack.

But....

once death came, he was set free. No more pain. No more suffering. No more fear. He was no longer touched by the things of this world. His death, while being one of the hardest and most painful things for me to accept, was a loving gift from God.

The same is true when, spiritually, we die to self. When we choose to let go and let God, we don't lose our life. No! We gain life. Life, and life more abundant! Once self is gone, dead, and buried, we are finally free.

My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
~ Galatians 2:20, NLT



And because we belong to Christ Jesus, we have killed our selfish feelings and desires.
~ Galatians 5:24, CEV


We now walk in newness of life. Christ is now living in us and through us. People can throw all the dirt at us and on us they wish, but if we are truly dead to self, and living in Christ, it won't even faze us! We are no longer slaves to our reputation, image or feelings. We are free to be Christ to the world. We are free to truly live!

Dying to self. One of the hardest, most painful things Christ calls us to do, but also, one of the most loving.



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7 comments:

  1. Stacy, beautifully shared. A tough memory for sure, losing one's father (I know firsthand) but a loving story passed along that we must die to self!

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  2. Wow! I am so glad I stumbled upon your blog via Winsome Wednesday. This really touched home to me today, exactly what I needed this morning. Blessings! I am a new follower via GFC, thanks for the encouraging post!! www.questofthenocturnalbaker.blogspot.com

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  3. so true...living dead to ourselves is really where we find true living...
    blessings~

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  4. oh yes...one of the hardest things.

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  5. Hi Stacy - dying to self is tough, but when we get it right blessing comes. Great post again Stacy. Thanks for linking up. I look forward to seeing you there every week :)
    God bless
    Tracy

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  6. I chase after this elusive "dying to self." You've put this in a way that sheds new light on my pursuit/surrender. Thanks for the beautiful post, Stacy!

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  7. What a wonderful reminder. Oh, Lord that I would be selfless in You.

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