February 12, 2013

Life or Death

God sets before us life and death.  The problem is I sometimes choose death because choosing life requires more of me than I am willing to give. Ouch!

Jesus said "Whoever seeks to save his life shall lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake shall save it".  Huh? You see, it may seem at first that choosing life will cost more than we might be willing to give, but the truth is, choosing not to die to ourselves will cost us way more than we thought.
 
The choice has always been there before us, but until we come to the cross we are helpless to choose life as Jesus offers to us because the life He offers lies beyond the cross. It is only in our surrender that we are empowered to choose life, and even then we will have to fight for it.  We have a formidable foe who is determined to keep us from life as God intended.
 
We might climb a mountain or go around it or even in some cases tell it to move, but for those who desire life there is only one way and that is through the cross because only those willing to die to themselves will find true life as that life is in Christ.


 
If anyone desires to come after Me let him deny
 himself and take up His cross and follow Me. 
 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 
 Matthew 16:24-25
 

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