You read it right—it’s time to die. Not in the way you are thinking but dying to Jesus. He died for us. We need to die to him. What does this mumbo-jumbo mean in a practical sense? It simply means if you are going to be a true Christian—in action, not just title—you need to leave “you” behind and start focusing on others. That’s what Jesus did and if you are going to really be a follower you need to follow Jesus’ lead. It’s that simple.
Paul said it all too well:
I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. Galatians 2:19-20
The time Jesus spent on this planet wasn’t complicated. It was very simple. He was born, lived in obscurity for 30 years, then dedicated 3 years to saving us before He sacrificed His life for us. He lived and died for love of us. And Jesus commanded us, just before He died for us, to do one simple thing—LOVE!
So, if we really are Christians, we have to follow the lead of Christ. If not, we are something else but certainly not CHRISTians. It’s amazing how many people out there call themselves “Christians” but their actions are anything but Christ-like.
I stumble all the time and feel like I do one thing really well—sin! However, every day is a new day in Jesus Christ—in fact, every second is a new second in Jesus Christ!!!—if we simply realize what we are doing wrong and correct our course. That correction is dying from ourselves and dying, and then living, to Jesus. This is not a morbid thought but an uplifting experience!
None of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. If we live to the Lord and if we die to the Lord: so then whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. Romans 14:7-8
Have a GREAT day!