I realize I might have startled some of you with the title of this post. No, I do not have a sickness - nor am I physically dying in any way. I apologize if I gave some of you a panic.
Today, Good Friday, the day we remember the death of our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross over 2,000 years ago - I began a journey with many people in my church. It is a thirty day challenge called "LIVE DEAD."
"LIVE DEAD" is a challenge to live life wholly for Jesus. To die to self, knowing God will do a greater work through you. It is a devotional book that has writings from many missionaries to East Africa. It challenges us to give a "tithe" of our time each day (for 30 days) to God in prayer, study of the Word, worship, and interceding for the 40% of our world's population that have NEVER heard the name of Jesus. I know that figure sounds astounding, but you can learn more about it on the LIVE DEAD website.
Why do I share this with you? First, for accountability. By publicly declaring my intentions, I believe it will keep me that much more focused on the goal. Second, to bring awareness to each Christian about the need for all of us to LIVE DEAD. Christ died so that we could live, yes. He also commanded each of us to die to self.
On this Good Friday, I pray that you will be reminded that it's not about what we can GET from Jesus, it is about what we can GIVE to Him. To honor Him. To honor His reason for leaving Heaven and coming to Earth. That reason: "God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him." (John 3:17)