After all, I experience stress every day.
Don’t we all?
What struck me wasn’t some perfect tip to manage stress.
Instead, it was a profound statement made by the presenter who was a medical doctor.
At first, I dismissed the notion.
Then I realized it was truthful in more than just one way.
He said there was only one thing we have to do in life.
Just one thing.
And this is it…
We have to die.
At first glance, it is kind of depressing.
But it is true.
At some point in our lives, we have to die.
Our present physical bodies will no longer function.
That was the doctor’s point. It had nothing to do with spirituality.
It is simply a natural fact.
For comparison, think about anything else.
For example, we technically don’t have to do our job.
There are consequences of course.
If we don’t work, we would lose our job or business and become unemployed.
We don’t have to pay our taxes.
But if we don’t, we will likely go to jail.
We don’t have to exercise or eat healthy food.
There are clear consequence there as well.
But as human beings… we have to die.
The Beautiful Truth
There is only one way to overcome sin.
And that is by death.
It is our death with Jesus Christ.
Read closely Paul’s words to the Romans:
5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin. (Romans 6:5-7)
We Indeed Have to Die
There is no other way to overcome sin.
Christians are dead to sin and alive in Christ.
We are called to deny ourselves and carry our cross every day.
23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.” (Luke 9:23-24)
Do not ever go through a day forgetting your old self was crucified with Him.
The good doctor was indeed right.
We have to die.
And we already have.
What are your thoughts?
How do you remind yourself you are dead to sin?
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