“Life is wasted if we do not grasp the glory of the cross, cherish it for the treasure that it is, and cleave to it as the highest price of every pleasure and the deepest comfort in every pain. What was once foolishness to us, a crucified God, must become our wisdom and our power and our only boast in this world.”
By Eric Kruep
When I began my first discipleship group about 6 years ago, I first heard this phrase - "Dying to Self".
"Dying to Self" Defined
I have to admit; I still think this is a strange phrase. However, I have come to appreciate the meaning and application of this phrase in the Christian livelihood. The way I have learned to understand and apply this phrase is to think about continuously killing my selfish intent.
It is a question that is asked very often. What is a Christian? Along with it are many other questions. What does it mean to be a Christian? What defines a Christian? What makes Christians different from people who aren't Christians? How can I tell if someone is a Christian? How does it benefit me to be a Christian? These are just few of the questions people ask pertaining to Christianity. Statistics show that about 33% of the world's population identify themselves as Christians. As a child, my parents were Catholics.
As Christians, we may feel like we are living a Christian life while it is being bashed at or attacked by many non-Christians of this World. Whether we go to watch a movie, or we walk around our neighborhoods, we will see many people turning away from God or being very Satanic and worldly. We must, as Christians, be able to stay strong and stay consistent in order for us to be living a Christian life. Living a Christian life isn't that easy, but that means we have to strive to create habits that will enable us to live it properly and prosperously!
38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,
39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.