“Dying ain’t much of a living boy”…..It’s all the living.
25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. 26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will [my] Father honour.
27 Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.
There are some things that by their very nature do not lend themselves to equivocations; there are not shades of it—it just is, or it is not. You’re either pregnant or you’re not. Death is also one of those things about which there is a certain definiteness. There are varying degrees of life, from the heights to the very edge of death, but once you cross the line of death, you are done. You are not kind of dead…..you are dead, period.
When alive you may be in perfect health, or on life-support systems barely alive—you may get better; but die, and burial plans are set in motion—you don’t come back—you don’t get better or deader. Death is one hundred percent fatal. Who’d ever think loosing your life could be a good thing, but Jesus said if you lose your life for my sake, you shall find it, but if you find your life apart from me, then you will find it.
You keep hearing this “Jesus sake, Jesus sake, Jesus sake”. Some clarification might be beneficial. It is at once simple, yet profound. Paul said I die daily, bearing about in his body the dying of the Lord Jesus, so the life of the Lord might show up in his body.
The resurrection life Glory of the Lord Jesus that we are called to inherit implies death—the death of he one who would be glorified in resurrection. Jesus’ sake, and our sake are one and the same thing. If we for the sake of Jesus’ life showing up in us, allow ourselves to die, then we will find our life as Jesus, who becomes the new life in us, that is then no more our life, but his. You notice that things that we can’t account for in our previous life’s capacity begin to happen.
In nature there’s a strange phenomenon; a bird called the Cowbird. Doesn’t make nests like other birds, but lays their eggs in other bird’s nests. When the chicks hatch they are much bigger than the other chicks and over-power them, push them out of the nest and take all the nourishment. The life of God could, but doesn’t force himself upon us. We willingly receive and nourish it more than the life of our old nature, and it in turn, swallows up our old life, in resurrection life power of God—though it is still there we don’t act out of it, and consequently don’t live out of it.
Of all the things that we suffer in life; the purpose, or the sake of all this suffering is to bring about the life of Jesus in us. In these sufferings, I have learned not to cry….Father save me from this or that method which you have orchestrated to bring about my death, but to cry instead; Father, disagreeable as these things are to my comfort, I cry not for being undone by them, but that the life of Jesus which through the loss, and suffering of these things is to bring about, be now manifested in me as I endure these things for the sake, or the purpose of Jesus’ life in me.
The Lord has shown me a visualization that helps me navigate all the “hot button” issues that are usually insufferably aggravating; and it helps lower the temperature greatly. This is how it works: when I encounter any of those things, I read the sign (cause it’s signaling something)— “LOW CEILING” and act accordingly. I’m suppose to be dying or going down in these hot button areas, but instead I’m getting up and bumping my head—at such time I remember that my death is being called for, and go down in death.