A Different Kind of Death

Galatians 2:20

I know. Macabre topic, but stick with me. Did you ever play the game, ‘Would you rather?

Seems like that game always follows the same trajectory. It starts silly, gets gross, then turns dark. Would you rather kiss this girl or that one? Would you rather eat a live stink bug or drink motor oil? When you die, would you rather burn or drown?

The last question is dark, but interesting. If history shows us anything it’s that there’s more ways to die than one could possibly imagine. History is also clear that death comes for us all. Welcome to Tuesday’s happy post. Aren’t you glad you tuned in!?

The whole game is absurd, really, but isn’t that the point? Who wants to choose the lesser of two horrible ways to die? Who wants to choose death at all?

That’s the irony of the Christian life. Christianity is the story of a death that leads to life. Jesus willingly lays down his life as payment for the penalty of your sin and mine. As this new life in Christ comes alive in us our old, self destructive habits are removed and replaced. It’s a different kind of death. Not the lesser of two bad choices, but a death that leads to life that leads to victory over that which is killing us in the first place, killing us from the inside out.

Paul said, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.” What temptation weighs you down? What sin holds you back? What tragedy keeps you from moving forward? Today, choose a different kind of death and find life.

 

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