I’m Dying Here…
One of the problems with reading a lot of books, watching educational videos, listening to good preaching sermons and enjoying podcasts, is that you often hear a nugget of wisdom that profoundly shakes your world. I jot those little scraps of wisdom down and they exist on napkins, in my phone notes, on church bulletins, my desk top and on random pieces of paper scattered around my home.
I pull them out often and review them. Sometimes they spark a song or lead me to do a more in-depth study of the topic. Classes have been created from these gems, presentations and sermons birthed from the little notes to Naima that I keep in a system that only makes sense to me. I write these notes and quotes because they resonate with me, they challenge me or change me. Sometimes I write these notes and quotes because I totally disagree with the premise of what has been said and want to examine it from all angles.
I can’t remember where I got this one from, but there it was was tucked away in my phone notes with no attribution.
It said, “You don’t win wars by giving up your life.”
And I can totally understand how that makes sense… when you are perceiving things in the natural. But the spiritual realm is a whole different story. As a matter of fact, the way to win the war, the path to achieve great victory, is in fact, giving up your life.
Jesus illustrates this point when He won the greatest war ever, the one that made Him champion over death, hell and the grave. He got up on the cross and gave His life and He won the war – and we are always expected to follow His example.
I am at a cross roads right now, a place where I have to decide what is my number one priority, what am I willing to give my life up for? It’s a difficult, gut wrenching decision, one that has caused me to re-evaluate, reconstruct and listen more closely then ever for the voice of the Father.
This battle that we fight is unseen, subtle and can make us a casualty of war for the wrong side if we are not paying attention to life. We can get easily sidetracked when we begin to think about what we want, and not what the Lord wants. And often what He wants requires us to give up our lives for His glory and purpose. I don’t mean to physical death of course, but it may mean dying to our own selfish desires, our own plans and dreams.
How do you reconcile that? Well, I’m thinking that giving my life up to Jesus is much better then trying to hold on to it and finding at the end I’ve been a dead woman walking all along. I’m going to die in this war – die to myself so I can live for Jesus.
For whoever would save his life, will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. Mark 8:35
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