A Chance to Die

I have been crucified with Christ. I myself no longer live, but Christ lives in me.

So I live my life in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not one of those who treats the grace of God as meaningless.

For if we could be saved by keeping the law, then there was no need for Christ to die.

Galatians 2:20-21

“The words of our Lord are often swords, quick and m113npowerful, and sharper than any two-edged blade.

And sometimes they are pearls–or even like tiny seed pearls, easily overlooked.  But how beautiful when they are found!

His words about we who are called to be lights in this world are precious seed pearls:

Don’t hide your light under a basket! Instead, put it on a stand and let it shine for all. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. (Matthew 5:15-16)

The candlelight will even shine through the windows on the people who pass by in the street outside.  In one of the Indian hospitals, there was at one time just such a “candle”…

One day, in this woman’s hearing, something was said to a younger helper which almost drew from her a flashing, angry remark.  But at that moment, a word was spoken to her inwardly: “See in this, a chance to die.”

And though spoken inwardly, it was far more clearly heard than many a word addressed to the outward ear.

“See in this”–this provoking, this rebuke that should not have been–“a chance to die” –to self, and the pride that comes from defending self.

“See in anything“–anything that rouses you to claim you “rights,” or even to consider them at all–“a chance to die.”

Welcome anything that calls you to your only true position “I have been crucified with Christ…” (Galatians 2:20)

A crucified life cannot be self assertive.  It cannot protect itself. 

It cannot be startled into resentful words.  The cup that is full of sweet water cannot spill bitter-tasting drops, however sharply it is knocked.” ((Amy Carmichael, Gold by Moonlight, p. 80-81))



whisper “A mature relationship with Christ is reflected in the capacity to hear whispers of assurance when discouragement is oppressive.  And even when we’re mishandling frustration by retreating into an angry pout, mature depth won’t let us escape the convicting awareness that we’re designed to love, even in this situation…As we learn to live in confidence that the deepest concerns of our soul are in good hands, both the shame we feel because of our unworthiness and the terror we have of one day facing exposure and rejection will lose their power to control us. Change from the inside out involves a gradual shift away from self-protective relating to strongly loving involvement.  And in order to make that change, we must feel our disappointment as a longing person and face the sin in our heart that results in a commitment to self protection… When we fully understand our disappointed thirst and self-protective patterns, repentance can involve a deeper shift in our understanding of how life is to be lived and how we miss the mark.”

Larry Crabb, Inside Out, p. 218-221