“When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.”
I’m guessing none of us would use that statement for a church outreach campaign. ‘Hey everybody, come discover what it’s like to follow Christ! It’s great; plus, you die in the process!’
The quote is from The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He meant that when Christ summons you to follow him, you are dying to your self—to your old identity, priorities, and way of life. As Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT), “anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”
The reason I raise this is because a life with Jesus is more exciting and more meaningful than a life without Jesus.
That doesn’t mean things are always exhilarating. It means you’re always on your toes, ready to prayerfully respond in meaningful ways to the significant and renovating work the Lord has in store.
So the soul-searching question you need to ask yourself is this: Is my life more exciting and more meaningful than it was before?
If so, that’s fantastic.
If not, it’s probably time to build your old self a coffin, re-read the stories about Jesus, and re-enter the world fully committed to the ways he is making all things new.
A life with Jesus is more exciting and more meaningful than a life without Jesus.
“…anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”
By Matthew Ruttan