Dying to Self

Yesterday at Second Mile we talked about that “true living comes through constant dying.” Here’s the extended quote that we finished with:

When you are forgotten, neglected, or purposely ignored and you don’t sting and hurt with the insult of the oversight, but your heart is happy, being counted worthy to suffer for Christ, THAT IS DYING TO SELF.

When your good is evil spoken of, your wishes are crossed, your advice disregarded, your opinion ridiculed, and you refuse to let anger rise in your heart, or even defend yourself, but take it all in patient, loving silence, THAT IS DYING TO SELF.

When you lovingly and patiently bear any disorder and irregularity, or any annoyance; when you stand face to face with waste, folly, extravagance, spiritual insensibility, and endure it as Jesus endured, THAT IS DYING TO SELF.

When you are content with any food, any offering, any climate, any society, any clothing, and any interruption by the will of God, THAT IS DYING TO SELF.

When you never care to refer to yourself in conversation, or to record your own good works or itch after praise; when you can truly love to be unknown, THAT IS DYING TO SELF.

When you can see your brother prosper and have his needs met and can honestly rejoice with him in spirit and feel no envy, nor question God, while your own needs are far greater and in desperate circumstances. THAT IS DYING TO SELF.

When you can receive correction and reproof from one of less stature than yourself and can humbly submit inwardly as well as outwardly, finding no rebellion or resentment rising up within your heart, THAT IS DYING TO SELF.

ARE YOU DEAD YET?

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  1. #1 by Brian Frahm on April 26, 2010 - 3:56 pm

    If Miracle Max was evaluating me, he wouldn’t even say I’m “mostly dead”. Ultimately, I’ll never be dead to self until I am actually physically dead (or Christ returns). That doesn’t excuse me from the participating actively in the process though!

  2. #2 by Jenni Jacks on April 26, 2010 - 3:56 pm

    thank you for posting this!

  3. #3 by Troy Blakemore on May 1, 2010 - 9:46 pm

    Yes, Thank you Luke for posting this. Incredibly convicting.

  4. #4 by lukesimmons on May 2, 2010 - 5:45 am

    The friend of mine who gave it to me in the first place said — accurately, I think — that if you could just nail down one of these it would be a tremendous accomplishment. Thankfully, Jesus is committed to helping us do it!

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