1 Corinthians 1:18 (NASB) For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
“Let’s die to live.” It’s a paradox if you really think about it – die to live. For those living outside the realm of Christianity, that statement might seem a little crazy. Who wants to die to live? Knowing that in Christ’s death we have found life and thus being followers of Christ, we too must die to our own self to really live. I tried living for myself, chasing after dreams and goals. I found that after years of working over 100 hours a week, I was no further ahead. Sure, I could afford things that most could not, but those things could never give me that inner peace I find in Christ. I came to realize that life is filled with tensions – the struggles we go through day-to-day living here on earth. We will never truly be free from them until Christ returns or we are taken home. The key is to embrace the tension and find that inner peace. I recognize that no matter how I try to make things “perfect,” they will never be truly perfect. That goes for relationships with others, embracing the tension, recognizing it as it comes, and making the best choice to bring God glory in them is truly living for Christ. Dying to self is living for Him.
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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