Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
John 12:24, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”
Luke 9:23-24, “And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.”
I once had a Sunday School teacher who would write across the chalk board every Sunday morning, “God wants you dead!”
Talk about an attention grabber. Such words make you sit on the edge of your seat and pay attention, especially when you are 13 to 14 years of age. What she meant and what we thought she meant were two entirely different things. In reality, He really does, though.
When we choose to follow Christ, we choose to give up our selfish ways. We choose to take the focus off of us and put it on Christ. We choose to die to self in order that we may have life through Christ.
Romans 6:11, “So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.”
Romans 6:8, “Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.”
Paul filled the pages of Romans with dying on a daily basis to “self” and “walking” in the Spirit and not the flesh. Dying to self is the key in living a victorious life in Christ. You may be scratching your head, wondering “How do I die to myself?” It sounds like one of those riddles people love to stick on us and force us to ponder all day.
Dying to self is a daily commitment. It is a way of life – and it isn’t an easy one. It is something you have to choose to do on a daily basis. Living a life in Christ isn’t about a few hours on Sunday and Wednesday nights. It is a 24/7 choice. You are proclaiming that your life is God’s to do with whatever He wants. For those of us who want to be in control, this can be a hard undertaking; but, you cannot fully understand what being a Christian is all about until you do.
Dying to self is about trading in our actions, thoughts, desires, opinions, wishes, plans for God’s. When we openly say to God on a daily basis, “Good morning God! I give to You my day.” It opens the door for God to do a mighty work in us.