Over the past few months I have been learning an interesting principle about spiritual success and being IN God’s will.
You first must die, and then you will be resurrected.
As I thought about this mysterious idea, I realized how many things this principle applies to:
- He let his own will die (Luke 22:42) and His body die unjustly
- He resurrected and sits in heaven thus defeating death and sin (Eph 4:8)
- You “invest” money by taking a financial risk
- If your investment was good you make return and profit that exceeds your initial loss
Finding Eternal Life
- You die by hating your carnal life
- You are resurrected in eternal life thus gaining true life in the end (John 12:25)
- The grain must fall and be buried (symbolizing human death/burial) (John 12:24)
- The grain grows in to wheat and produces a valuable harvest
Walking in God’s Will
- You must die to your own carnal will and desires
- You follow God’s will which leads to happiness and freedom (resurrection)
Finding your Mate
- You stop trying to pick or find your mate and trust in God for them
- God then brings the perfect mate of His choosing in to your life and blesses the relationship
- You die to your carnal desires and worries and serve God not money (Luke 16:13)
- God then brings finances for what you need through His hand
- You die to your fear and decide to trust God
- You are then free from fear and closer to God through faith
So if this principle applies to some aspect of life that you are dealing with and after examining that area, you realize you have not “died” yet, than how can you expect success?
There is no way around the necessity for death in the Christians life!
Every person I have met that feels ineffective in their Christian walk and that seem to never grow closer to God are ones who refuse to die in some area. They, like the rich young ruler just can’t let go of at least one area in life and you know how many areas Satan needs? Just one.
We tend to want only the end result without paying the down deposit. We want eternal life, Earthly blessings, protection and answers but we refuse to follow God’s one requirement: death. Now don’t misunderstand me; I am not talking about earning grace or salvation through works. We will always never deserve the grace given to us but at the same time we can always reject, or neglect a free gift that is given to us, even if it is bought in full by the person giving it to us.
So why does He as ask us to die for Him? So that the life that we receive afterward is not our own but it’s of God!
“When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
So how do I die?
This seems to be the million dollar question that makes or breaks it for young believers (or for the not so young that have been struggling their whole saved life). And I will admit I do not have The answer, there are as many answers to this as there are people you ask. Since this is the case let’s go to the Bible to find the answer and I will try to remove as much of my own interpretation as possible. Take a look at these scriptures:
John 12:25 – “He who loves his life will lose it and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
Eph 4:22 – that you put off concerning your former conduct the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts
Col 3:9 – Do not lie to one another since you have put off the old man with his deeds
Rom 8:1 – There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
Rom 8:5 – For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh but those who live according to the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
Rom 13:14 – But put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh to fulfill its lusts.
2Cr 4:11 – For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
2Cr 7:1 – Therefore having these promises beloved let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Gal 5:16 – I say then: Walk in the Spirit and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
Mar 9:43 – “If your hand causes you to sin cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed rather than having two hands to go to hell into the fire that shall never be quenched
1Cr 6:11 – And such were some of you. But you were washed but you were sanctified but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
1Jo 2:17 – And the world is passing away and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.