When we hear the words “life after death” it often triggers an image or thought of heaven. However, the life that I want to talk about today takes place before we go and live with our Savior.
Many of us convince ourselves that we are living life to its fullest. All is well. We have everything we need and a little more. I like to call this, contentment. Eventually the excitement of life begins to settle, difficulties start to set in, and soon we are left confused. We begin to wonder if this is as good as life gets. Most of us carry on as long as we can until we are completely broken. In fact, until we die.
When we experience a spiritual death we end up in a place of major heartache and pain. The burdens we accumulate along the way can be almost unbearable. Our striving has weakened us to a point in which we need to look outside ourselves for help. Life as it is, is no longer enjoyable when our spirits cease. God does not desire for this to happen to His children. The sin we have allowed in our lives is what breaks our spirit. The very trials that we face are often consequences of our own self seeking.
If this is something you are going through today, I have good news. You are not alone. We all reach this point eventually. In our utter despair we look beyond our own abilities that have failed us reaking havic on our lives. We begin to reflect, and ask ourselves “Where did I go wrong?” We soon realize that the very moment we chose to go our way rather than Gods, is when it all started. Sometimes its weeks, months, or years until our self-seeking lives come crashing down. But they always do.
When we allow our fleshly nature to die we all of a sudden have another option. This is the best option. We can yield our lives to Jesus and allow Him to be in charge. This decision to have a relationship with Jesus allows Him to begin to heal and prepare us for His plan. When this revelation comes, we begin to experience true life in Him. Soon we are completely changed, a testimony of Jesus love to the world. We can no longer identify with the old self. The habits of yesterday no longer hold our interest. Life at its best is now ours because we accepted Jesus and are living out the plan that we were created for. Death to self brings forth abundant life in Him.