Dying to Live

01/14/2009

“Almost dying changes nothing. Dying changes everything.” Dr. Gregory House

Perhaps it’s really true that “close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.” How many of our own independent ways have really died, so we can fully live our lives as God designed them? How willing are we to truly walk through “death’s door,” away from the enemy, and into the bright light shining on the path of Heaven’s Truth? It can feel like we’re dying in the midst of the struggle to fully live, can’t it? But the real question must be asked, “Did we almost die in our circumstances, changing nothing, or did we really die, changing everything?” If we’re not seeing the power of God’s Holy Spirit in our lives, we most likely have a lot more dying to do. Youch!

"I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 (NIV)
How many choose not to believe this because of being afraid of looking like a fool? How many miss taking that leap into the seemingly dark, but where truth and life live? God asks us to choose His Son of our own free will, or not…and for those that do not choose Jesus, they too will live eternally, just not in the presence of God. To step into God’s pure presence when this life is finished, we need to be cleansed by the blood of Jesus for every sin we’ve ever committed. To live eternally in Heaven, we have to die to ourselves on earth first, and accept Jesus’ gift of salvation—and some of us just don’t want to make that choice. Some wonder, can’t we just pick the church/religion we like best and go with it? Or maybe just believe in ourselves, and make our own way through? These thoughts are not new…haven’t we all been there at some point in our lives?

We’ll all want in when we leave this earth, but to enter into Heaven, we have to die to our pride, and say YES to Jesus. Almost doesn’t cut it. Close doesn’t make it into Heaven. I’m thinking about it may turn out to be too late. Who are the fools in the end? Who will get the last laugh? Those are the questions we must ask ourselves. Our eternal soul depends on it. We need to search for Truth until Truth is found, no matter what anyone else might think of us. No one else will be with us when we face our Father on that last day! We will all have a one-on-one appointment with our Creator! Is our pride so important to us that we’re willing to let it lead us into Hell? To cause us more trouble than it’s worth? We can be so blinded to how the devil uses our pride against us.

The more I think about our arguments against God, the more I think, “Who do we think we are?” God’s wisdom is beyond our thinking, His ways our higher than ours, His love is deeper than ours, His plans are more complete than ours…and this big, beautiful, clump of dirt that we live on will not always be as it is. God has future plans for it, and those plans include not letting the devil get away with his evil schemes forever.

We can put on a brave front, but deep inside who doesn’t really want God’s unconditional love? Being in God’s family is a Fool’s Paradise on earth we don’t want to miss, and an Eternal Paradise that makes this place look shabby!!

For every piece of pride we won’t die to, there remains a peace of Jesus we can’t live in!