The Cross as a Way of Life

death-to-self-transformationTo die to self, to keep the old nature nailed to the cross, is such a battle, isn’t it? And yet in the end it turns out to be not just any battle but the battle. If we win this battle, Jesus tells us, or rather if we allow him to win it in us, we win the entire war. And then the whole world wins.

“If anyone would come after me, they must deny themself, take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for my sake will save it.”

~Luke 9:23-24

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16 Responses to The Cross as a Way of Life

  1. abeaustin says:

    Very astute point about “keeping” that old self defeated. This war is surely not a one-time event.

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  2. Gary Fultz says:

    The gravestone for my old self should read “stay here”

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  3. Mitch, do you remember the Petra song, “Killing My Old Man”? Just wondering… The title sounded to the world like it meant something else, but in the light of this scripture, it made sense to Christians.

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  4. numrhood says:

    luke 34:48-49

    praise the lord daily
    his praise shall continue
    to be in my mouth

    Like

  5. This is really masterfully conveyed in Joris-Karl Huysmans’ novel “En route”. He had to abandon his aesthetic way of life (Kierkegaard) completely and become a devoted Christian. The book explores this ordeal in details. I highly recommend it.

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  6. simplywendi says:

    awesome reminder, thank you!

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  7. Put on the new self. Thankful for God’s grace. Good post. Blessings.

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  8. revruss1220 says:

    His simplest and also most challenging lesson.
    It never ceases to amaze me just how stubbornly that old self clings to life.

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  9. Ann Coleman says:

    Sometimes it really is hard to let go of our old selves, as they keep popping up again, usually at the absolute worst times. But you’re right…we really don’t have a choice!

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