Gotta Be Dead

April 11, 2018 | by: John Guerra | 0 comments

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You can't fool the kids in Sunday school; they are way too smart...  "If I sold my house and my car, had a big garage sale, and gave all my money to the church, would I get into heaven?" the teacher asked the children in the Sunday school class. "NO!" all the children answered. "If I cleaned the church every day, mowed the yard, and kept everything neat and tidy, would I get into heaven?"

 Again the answer was, "NO!" "Well, then how can I get to heaven?" A five-year-old boy shouted, "You gotta be dead!"

 “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

 When we come to the place where we put our faith in Jesus Christ to save us from our sin, we have to let go of whatever we have been trusting in or believing.  Our good works, our intelligence, science, our hard work or whatever has to die to us, so that we trust in Jesus and His death, burial and resurrection. “Dying to self,” or being crucified with Christ ends that life in flesh and begins our life in the Spirit, forgiven, saved and surrendered to Jesus. Paul describes this new relationship as “not being our own” any longer, but “bought at a price, therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

 This is the struggle, daily! Dying to self, sacrificing our wants for the needs of others; sacrificing our rights for the benefit of others. Dying to self is changing directions to be in step with our Lord. Dying to self is capturing our thoughts and words, keeping them in check out love for the Lord and others. Dying to self is putting aside our plans and agendas so that we might be obedient to the Lord of our life. We must die to self to receive Christ, but we must die to self every day to walk with Him in fellowship.

 “He can only keep those who have handed themselves over to Him.”  Watchman Nee