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Living or dying. We choose. God always gets the final say.

Living or dying. We choose. God always gets the final say.

A strange title, but it is exactly what Christians should be doing. Paul did. Regardless the persecution in his life, to live was Christ, to die was gain. (Phl 1:21)

In our time on earth, we are to die to the world. (Rom 6:5-11) When we accept our Savior unto salvation, when He indwells us, when the Holy Spirit indwells us, when the Father indwells us, our spiritual priorities shift. We no longer see the things of the world as preeminent in our lives. We die to worldliness and all that is therein.

This is not a literal physical separation. We still live here. This is not some esoteric feel good attitude. Dying to the world and its sinfulness is positional just as any death is positional.

If your body dies, you do not. You become physically separated from this world and enter a new existence, a new position. The Bible teaches us that when we die “in the dust of the earth (we) shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.” (Dan 12:2) Your life does not end here, this is simply one phase – the physical phase, for lack of better terms.

We are born dead in sins and trespasses (Psa 51:5; Eph 2:1). Our existence is one separated from God’s life, or we could say, we are dead to God positionally. When we are saved through the blood of Christ on the cross, when we accept that gift and believe wholly on His atonement for our whole existence we experience a positional change before God that has eternal consequences. We die here to earth to live in Heaven. We no longer live as citizens of earth, but as citizens of Heaven. (Heb 11:13) Ephesians 2:2 says, “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the sprit that now worketh in the children of disobedience….But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith he loved us,…hath raised us up together, and mad us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” (Eph 2:2-6)

Because of our positional change we, “put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts.” This is not etherial or imagination, this takes some effort, it takes careful consideration, it takes dedication. We live this out. There are challenges to living in Christ. There are persecutions we endeavor for Christ. There are a great many things in this world that are antithesis to Christ.

A seed is dead. It is buried. It begins to sprout. It becomes a seedling. It becomes a sprout. It becomes a sapling. It becomes a tree. It becomes a  mature budding tree. It produces fruit. The fruit feeds others and contains seed to begin the process again. Christianity is exactly the same. Go plant seeds and grow godly fruit.