Friday, December 19, 2008

A Call to Die

Not a very attractive book title... But I am reading this devotional book/ forty days journal written by David Nasser right now and, although I am only at page 116 (from 350 pages), I think this book conveys an important message. "To live is Christ, and to die is gain..." as Paul puts it in Philippians 1:21. Intense words and thoughts - easy to repeat, hard to live by!
Paul is writing about his desire to depart physcially and be with Jesus. But he was able to think and write like this because he was willing to die spiritually to self. It is so easy to sing: "I surrender all", but it is so difficult to really give everything to God. It's so tempting - and so natural - to keep some areas and 'secret treasures' in our lives where we don't allow God to reign and be LORD! Do you recognize this?

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