Bible Ballistics: Vol. 11 No. 10 To Dye Or To Die??? (An edited repost of BBs #149 from 2015)
“I am crucified with Christ:
nevertheless I live;
yet not I,
but Christ liveth in me:
and the life which I now live in the flesh
I live by the faith
of the Son of God,
who loved me,
and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
Jesus and Jesus alone died, was buried and resurrected for our salvation—according to the scripture (see 1 Cor. 15:3-5). Jesus alone, not anyone or anything else is worthy of our devotion and worship. To belong to Jesus Christ means we have died to ourselves and are walking in the power of His indwelling Holy Spirit, who enables us to accomplish that by God’s power, not our own. Empowered and enabled to:
“I know both how to be abased,
and I know how to abound:
every where and in all things
I am instructed both
to be full
and to be hungry,
and to suffer need.
13 I can do all things
which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:12-13
Only by the blood of Jesus can I do any thing that God calls me to do. ONLY through Jesus Christ and His Father, and ours, can we accomplish anything godly, or of eternal value. We are called to serve Him–not ourselves or the lusts of this world. The pull of this world is strong and we live in a culture that ridicules and rejects the call to holiness and separation from a lost and dying world. While we are to live in the world we are not to be of it.
Knowing how strong the pull of the world is, Jesus prayed for us just before He went to Calvary, will you heed His words?
“And now come I to thee;
and these things I speak in the world,
that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. \
14 I have given them thy word;
and the world hath hated them,
because they are not of the world,
even as I am not of the world.
15 I pray not
that thou shouldest take them out of the world,
but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.” John 17:13-15
Are we choosing evil over good? Are we more concerned with fitting in, than being fit for HIS service? These are hard questions which can only be answered for ourselves. I simply ask that we each examine our lives, and the things we do, and practice in our daily lives, measuring them by the Word of God; letting His Holy Spirit direct our daily choices. We all must choose, but whose glasses are we looking through as we make those decisions:
“Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.” Psalm 119:133
“Love not the world,
neither the things that are in the world.
If any man love the world,
the love of the Father
is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world,
the lust of the flesh,
and the lust of the eyes,
and the pride of life,
is not of the Father,
but is of the world.
17 And the world passeth away,
and the lust thereof:
but he that doeth the will of God
abideth for ever.
18 Little children,
it is the last time:
and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come,
even now are there many antichrists;
whereby we know that it is the last time.” 1 John 2:15-18
What does all this have to do with “dye” or “die”? A lot really, because as we look at the activities of this weekend of celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ my Lord, I notice that we have often become so entwined in the world that we look more like the world, than the ‘body of Jesus Christ’. It seems that more people are ‘dyeing’ eggs, than ‘dying’ to self for HIM!!! How about you? How about me?
James was very clear to the people of his day, how much more do we need to heed his words and consider the choices we are faced with?
“Ye adulterers and adulteresses,
know ye not that the friendship of the world
is enmity with God?
whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world
is the enemy of God.
5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain,
The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
6 But he giveth more grace.
Wherefore he saith,
God resisteth the proud,
but giveth grace unto the humble.
7 Submit yourselves therefore to God.
Resist the devil,
and he will flee from you.
8 Draw nigh to God,
and he will draw nigh to you.
Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep:
let your laughter be turned to mourning,
and your joy to heaviness.
10 Humble yourselves
in the sight of the Lord,
and he shall lift you up.” James 4:4-10
Are you dying (being crucified) to self and living for Jesus, or are you so busy dyeing (coloring) eggs that you’ve missed the Savior who calls us to be holy and separate from the world. Do we allow ourselves to get so busy with the “holiday” that we’ve forgotten the “HOLYday”? It’s a question that only YOU can answer. Let’s celebrate and worship HIM EVERY DAY!!! To God be the glory—great things HE HAS DONE!!! What will you do?
“And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?
for ye are the temple of the living God;
as God hath said I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people.
17 Wherefore come out from among them,
and be ye separate, saith the Lord,
and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. 18 And will be a Father unto you,
and ye shall be my sons and daughters,
saith the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:16-18
Amen and Amen. And may you have a most glorious Resurrection Day!!!