“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me”.
Galatians 2:20, NIV
Throughout the New Testament Jesus has a great deal to say about dying to self to find what life is really all about. In John 12:24, Jesus said, “…unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed.” The life-giving elements of the seed are sealed behind the hard outer core. Unless that seed dies and the outer core falls away, the life trapped inside will never get out. Jesus reminds us that whoever looses his life will find it, but whoever holds on to his life will loose it.(Matthew 18:18)
Ecclesiastes 11:1 in the Old Testament states, “Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it again.” The willingness to let go of who we are so we can take hold of what He wants us to be is vital to the Christian life.
Paul in his letter to the Galatians explains so clearly what happens when we are saved. The essence of salvation begins with death. (I have been crucified with Christ.) Through the substitutionary death of Christ we enter into that death with Him. For the life of Christ to come through us we must die to the old sin nature. There must be recognition that we cannot improve ourselves. We must come to the understanding that death to self and sin is the only way to be released to experience Christ’s resurrection life in us.
Are you going through some difficult times? Praise God! Those difficulties may be just the prodding you need to get you past you. Remember the prodigal son? He came to the end of himself and then life really began. Life begins when we die to self, only to live for Christ.
QUESTION: Is God allowing circumstances in your life to bring you to the end of you? Take time and thank Him and let go of where you are so you can take hold of what He has for you.