“I die daily” (1 Corinthians 15:31).
Paul’s words to the church at Corinth are known well, quoted often, and preached on much. Yet, if you have been a Christian for any length of time, you know that preaching this truth and practicing it are two different things.
Can’t we look at our own lives and see that much of our problem is just this – we don’t want to die to self. This is especially true in this self-love generation. Like Peter of old, it is easy for us to say, “I am willing to die for Jesus.” But, to be brutally honest, we are struggling got live for Jesus. Why is this?
Because we aren’t willing to die; die to self!
As one author noted:
We look with such peculiarity at the willingness of our brothers and sisters to die, and they look at us in the same way. They are totally confused that our faith costs us almost nothing—maybe 10 percent of our income and the occasional remark at work. Do we really serve the same Jesus if we’re content to allow our faith to cost us so little? Here’s the solution: long before our faith costs us our life, it has to cost us our self. Selfishness, self-centeredness, and self-preservation in all its manicured forms will only lead us down a dangerous path. Our obsession with self is antithetical to the way of Jesus. As Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.”
– The Martyr’s Oath: Living for the Jesus They’re Willing to Die For
The words above are definitely worth pondering and praying over, that’s for sure!
Dying for the Saviour is always preceded by our willingness to die to self, selfish ambitions, self-centeredness, and self-preservation!