I don’t much like to think about dying. I guess I don’t mind it as much as I did before I became a Christian, but I still don’t like it much. Dying just doesn’t sound like much fun to me. It’s interesting though, we’re told throughout the New Testament that we must die if we ever intend to fully live out the live God intended for us here on earth. The dying he requires isn’t bodily death–we’ll all surely face that unless the Lord comes to get us first. I’m talking about a death even more difficult to achieve–a death of (or complete denial of) self, in favor of what the Lord wants for us. Without it, would-be effective Christians continue in lives without power or grace.
“Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him… In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Romans 6:8-11