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Die to Live

Posted: December 20, 2020 in Uncategorized

“When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.”

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?””
‭‭John‬ ‭11:4, 25-26‬ ‭NIV‬‬

1849, Copenhagen, a small book appeared on a bookstore shelf, “The Sickness Unto Death”, by Soren Kierkegaard. Some mystics, like A. W. Tozer, take the complex and make it simple. That is a gift, the common man can read “The Pursuit of God” and apply it to their walk with God. Other mystics, I consider Kierkegaard to be one, take the simple and reveal the unrealzed complexity in terms that self-select the reader. The common man isn’t going to be ordering Kierkegaard. That doesn’t diminish his importance to the church, I believe this little book describes the wonder of the God-man relationship and the futility of man to define himself better than most if not all the writers I’ve read.

“Father in Heaven! Hold not our sins up against us but hold us up against our sins so that the thought of You when it wakens in our soul, and each time it wakens, should not remind us of what we have committed but of what You did forgive, not of how we went astray but of how You did save us!”

Soren Kierkegaard

Every one of us can identify with this prayer. Soren loved the Lord passionately, life is a serious matter, each moment is what matters. The past and future count for nothing. This moment is what you have. The story of Lazarus, John 11, is the foundation of Kierkegaard’s discourse, “The Sickness Unto Death.” The real story is not the physical resurrection of Lazarus. That, in fact, can be viewed as a negative. Poor Lazarus must die twice! No, the real story is in a spiritual resurrection, the unfolding work of grace. Soren argues, men live to die, Christians die to live. Life apart from Christ is a series of disappointments, an impossible quest to find and know oneself. We are designed for and defined by relationship with our Creator.

“The despair of ‘wanting to be oneself’ is really that of wanting to be the self one is in one’s own self, instead of a self whose specifications and identity are the outcome of one’s relationship with God.”

Our journey is dynamic, ever changing. We discover new possibilities every day we submit to God. Our debt, our offense, was paid at the cross. The resurrection ushered in a new covenant, our salvation sealed by the Holy Spirit. Now grace perfects itself in the consecrated life. Embrace Him, in the end Christ is all that matters.