The many that I live for could build pride. If I am living to please men, or even living to serve men, as if I could teach them or lead them to God in my own strength. On the other hand the one that I die for is death to my flesh and death to self-ambition.
To die with God is as the Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me
When I die as a Christian, dying to the flesh, my life becomes one ‘hidden with Christ in God.’ (Colossians 3:3) Because only He should be seen in me. The concept would be similar to my poem Horizon, where there is no ending to God and no beginning to me. The life I live is consumed by the Great One – lost in the depths of Him so my little life is not recognizable as my own but only as His.
The many I live for would be to live for the wrong focus. It is good to live and to serve but I can only serve best when my fleshly desire becomes consumed by Him.
When I choose to die for Him (yes, I believe it is a choice to take up the cross and follow – to yield our will) I lose control and He takes the wheel. He determines the course. When I choose to die the unimaginable, inconceivable, and impossible things begin to happen – the scale has been tipped into the supernatural. God is able to work. I view my life as dead – only living for one purpose – not to live FOR Him because I cannot do it – I cannot live for Him on my own – I’m too fleshly and sinful – BUT I can choose to daily die so that He can live in me.
Approval of men Christian or non becomes of no value because if I have already died what does it matter what people think?
And so I say with Paul,
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Philippians 3:12
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