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Sometimes I forget that “death” as a Christ follower is not always going to be in a physical way.
This morning right when I woke up, I had that Bruno Mars song stuck in my head, the one in which he says,”… take a bullet straight to my brain. Yes, I would die for you baby, but you won’t do the same.” Now, I do not listen to Bruno Mars in my free time, nor do I care for his music. So obviously, not having listened to the song recently, I start to wonder, “Is this from the Lord?” More often than not, the Lord will bring songs to the forefront of my mind to communicate something to me. So I pondered over those lyrics and felt that God was in a way saying this to me, but in my defense I responded, “God! I would die for you!” Yet he only responded, “But, you don’t.”
"Don’t!?", I think,"I could have died already and didn’t!?" And then it hits me… and I remember… death is not always a physical thing.
If we are to be obedient to the Lord, we must continually die to our sins and selfish needs, essentially partake of these “mini” deaths. Though these deaths quite often seem small, the impact in the long run is huge! This concept was something I had indeed forgotten and I was getting into the habit of not doing it!
The apostle, Peter, is spot on when he writes, “He (Christ) himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.” (1 Peter 2:24)
We were not put on this Earth to cater to our needs, but to the needs of others! Unfortunately, sometimes our own sin encourages or coaxes us to indulge in ourselves in a very sneaky manner. Here are some examples of thoughts I’ve had prior:
"Oh, your too tired to do that. You’ve had a long day (even though I really did not) you deserve a break."
"She hasn’t done anything productive all day! She just sat around playing stupid games! How could she ask me to do this when she could have easily done this herself? I just got home from work!"
"I definitely do not feel like walking over to the computer to watch a dumb video with you right now… so no."
Guys, sadly, the list could probably go on. Some of these thoughts may seem logical, but the underlying grounds for them are selfish! These responses have kept me from being obedient!
Instead of rebelling those around me, I need to rebel against my own flesh and to lay down my desires and sins! I am so thankful that the Lord revealed this to my heart and once again tended to this garden planted in my heart long ago!