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Episode 13 of Kindavangelical just released! Patriarchal Regrets

A Call to Die

When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die. —Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Let me share a little unsolicited advice in dating and relationships. You should never invite someone into a relationship with the words, “I love you. Come die.” It might have worked for Romeo and Juliet, but I’m certain Shakespeare squeezed the only ounce of romance from that line. I mean, think about it:

I love you. Come die.

Not exactly painting a portrait of a bright future. Not very high on the scale of warm fuzzies. Coming from the wrong person would likely cause you to reach for your phone and call the police. But from Jesus, “I love you. Come die,” is not a threat. It’s an amazing invitation to live.

Listen, it’s one thing to be exposed to Jesus. Many people are exposed to Jesus. Some like what they see, while others don’t. Some are drawn to His Church, while others are repelled. Some choose to believe, while others hesitate or even refuse. But it’s something entirely different to realize you are dead and Christ lives in you.

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” (Galatians 2:20)

Let this soak in for a moment. We were taken to the cross with Jesus and died there. By trusting in Him, that death is applied to us, and the resurrection is as well. It’s amazingly powerful to realize that Christ livesis living, is acting, is leading, is life in me.

I love you. Come die… and you will find life.

It’s an invitation and revelation from God’s own Spirit that changes the course of our lives. It changes the essence of who we are. I am no longer simply me. I have been joined, in union with the living God… this is my reality.

“For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” (Matthew 16:25, emphasis mine)

We’ve died to a life defined by self and we’re alive to Christ. In short, the Son of God indwells us. Isn’t that incredible?

Lord, You filled me with Your life. You’ve been alive in me all along. Lord, I praise You that I don’t need more strength. You are my strength. I don’t need to chase after Your Spirit. Your Spirit is in me.

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