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What is “Dying to Self?”

December 2, 2013
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Dying to self doesn’t mean giving up what’s good for us. It means letting go of what’s not good so that we can accept what is.  Read the full post at wearegospelgirls.com

Hi guys! Let’s talk about death. Sounds cryptic? Hang in there with me. I’m not talking about the scary kind. (Pause right there. I know as Christians we don’t really think it’s scary, but can we admit that it’s complicated, and we don’t like it, even as we confidently hope for our eternal futures?) I’m talking about the good kind. Throughout the New Testament, Jesus and later His disciples tell us to “die to self.” Most of us resist that, because seriously, it doesn’t sound fun to die. We assume it’s something we don’t want to do when in reality, dying to self is a good thing.

Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me. – Luke 9:23 (NLT)

Dying to self doesn’t mean giving up what’s good for us. It means letting go of what’s not good so that we can accept what is.

Dying to self doesn't mean giving up what's good for us. It means letting go of what's not, so we can accept what is.
God’s desire for us to die to self is directly tied to His desire for us to really live. It’s born out of a deep and unending love for us.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. – John 10:10

It’s all about asking, “Lord, what would you have me do?” and joining Him in spreading His Kingdom. It’s about more of God’s best and less of the mess.

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Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. – Galatians 5:24 (NLT)

Original photo of Woman Thinking And Biting Her Lips by Michal Marcol from freedigitalphotos.net. Adapted for this post by Stephanie Oh.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 2, 2013 11:48 am

    This was so wonderful and refreshing to read!! Thanks:) happy Monday!!

    • December 2, 2013 11:53 am

      Katie, happy Monday to you, too! Thanks for stopping by! (And congrats on running 3 miles!! That’s incredible!)

  2. Andrew permalink
    December 3, 2013 2:05 pm

    As usual, you are in sync with what is going on in my life! I love the blog, can’t say it enough😊

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