Dying to Self

“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” – Psalm 34:18

You must go through the valleys and trials of this life, dealing with grief, to be able to climb to the heights of spiritual glory.  You must become tired and weary of facing life alone before you begin to search for, and find, the fellowship of Christ in your life.  You have to come to the end of all you know, the end of self, before you can even begin to live.

The mourning of inadequacy is a struggle that catches the attention of the Most High God.  This verse from Psalm 34 states that the Lord is near to those who are brokenhearted, those who are torn down and troubled, and he saves those who have a contrite and crushed spirit.

I can tell you this…the happiest day of my life was when I came to the understanding that my own abilities, my own morality, and my own goodness was still insufficient in the eyes of God.  I had to publically and openly confess and acknowledge a need for a Savior in my life.  I had to admit the need for Christ in my life.  This admission truly opened my eyes to the fact that my mourning was turned to joy and my suffering into singing.

I owe this change to Jesus Christ.  Many owe this same change in their own lives to Christ as well, and it is this change that gives us hope and helps us keep it together when the going gets tough.  Colossians 1:17 states, “And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”  Everything that we face is held together by the one who was here from the beginning.

Many throughout history have acknowledged this Savior in their own lives.  Napoleon stated, “I know men, and I tell you, Jesus is more than a man.  Comparison is impossible between Him and any other human being who ever lived, because He was the Son of God.”

Arnold Toynbee made the statement, “As we stand and gaze with our eyes fixed upon the farther shore, a simple figure rises from the flood and straightway fills the whole horizon of history.  There is the Savior.”

If these men saw the need for a Savior, and the greatness of Jesus Christ, we too should see what He can do in our lives.  Today, we must realize our need for a Savior.  We must come to terms that our own deeds, while they are good, are still not enough to get us much more than a pat on the back from others if we do not have a personal relationship with the One who died for our sins.

Today, we must realize that Jesus Christ is not just a man from the history books, but a living Savior who gave up the joys of heaven to walk a mile in our shoes and lay down his life for the sins that we have committed.  Jesus Christ came to give us a chance to have more than just the joy of this life, but the joy of a life eternal with Him.  Is he your Savior today?  Do you know Him?

Find renewal today…die to yourself…find life everlasting with Christ.


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