Thursday, January 8, 2015

When It Doesn't Even Faze You~

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".
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."


RIP Daisies
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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.



"Self"ishness doesn't bring joy or happiness.
 It only delivers jealousy, envy and self-pity.


Pride (which is overflowing in self)
doesn't bring 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 the way he was existing was 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 a most loving God.

The same is true when, spiritually, we die to self.

When we choose to let go and let God,
when we choose to die to self that God might then live in us and through us,
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.

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

My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.
~ Galatians 2:20, NLT

Now we walk in newness of life.
Now we have the presence of the Holy Spirit 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, our image, or our feelings.
We are no longer bothered by
what the world thinks about us,
what the world says about us,
what the world does to us.

We are alive in Christ,
free to be Christ to the world,
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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1 comment:

  1. So true, thanks for the reminder and encouragement! I hope your surgery went well. :) My blog is here if you want to stop by: layoutfortoday.blogspot.com

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