Friday, April 2, 2010

How Can a Day of Death be Called GOOD?

We are in love with life, with living. Live life to the full! Embrace every experience! Don't miss out!

We fear death, we avoid it, we mourn it.

But what if we have it all wrong?

Isn't living life to the full really just a smokescreen that we use to disguise our love for the things of this world? We invest all of our days in preparing for what is next - save our money for education, or a house, or retirement; buy things to use at set times (ie, a vacation home for summer); looking forward to our kids growing up, our marriages getting better, financial freedom... If this is life - always waiting for what is next - no wonder death terrifies us.

But what if dying is the secret to living?

The death of a dream makes room for bigger, better, God-sized dreams. The death of our finances leaves us wholly dependant on God's provision. The death of selfishness sets us free from our own wealth.

Selfishness = stockpiling things for what comes next. Eventually, we have so much that we are held captive by it. We become prisoners to our future plans. We think we are living, but we are really just the living dead.

The death of selfishness sets us free from our own wealth. The death of Christ sets us free from our sin.

Embrace death, not this life. Live for eternity, not tomorrow. Death is good. Dying, done God's way, makes room for new life.

I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. ~John 14:24-25

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the reminder to stay focused on the One who died for me - that I might live for Him!! Your post brought to mind a familiar verse: Matt. 6:19-20 "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal"

    Have a blessed Easter weekend, rejoicing in our risen Savior who alone makes life worth living!


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