Daily Delight

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Therefore, we were buried with Him through this baptism into death so that just as God the Father, in all His glory, resurrected the Anointed One, we, too, might walk confidently out of the grave into a new life. -Romans 6:4 (The Voice)

For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. -Matthew 16:25 (NIV)

This week, I’ve been listening to Jon Foreman’s new single, My Coffin, on repeat. The song is beautiful (as are all of Jon’s songs, in my opinion), but the last few lines got me thinking:

Resurrection comes/ but death comes first
all of our entitlements and rights/drive the hearse
through makers death/death is unmade
and when I lose myself/ I'm saved
in my coffin.”

Resurrection comes. But death comes first.

For there to be a resurrection, there has to be a death. There’s no transformation- no before or after, no old or new-if there isn’t a drastic change in-between. You have to take what you had, and make something entirely new- usually requiring a death of some sort. That’s how life works- you can’t make something new without changing or transforming the old.

In order to have spring, where the flowers and trees bloom, we have to have a winter for them to die in. There’s a process to the transformation from winter to spring-- and it has to go from death to life.

In order for Jesus to fulfill His Father’s will, He had to die before He was resurrected (despite Jesus not wanting to). He couldn’t return to life without leaving life first. And neither can we.

We can’t live in the new life God has called us to while clinging to our old lives. We can’t resurrect our lives without dying to what life we had first. We can’t be like Lot’s wife and turn back to what was, refusing to let go of the old in favor of the new adventure God promises us.

When we lose ourselves and what little we had before Jesus, we are saved. But that requires letting go of whatever is keeping you tethered to your old self.

When Jesus died, He changed our lives and our deaths forever. He transformed life for us, and rewrote the story for us to have life after death. So when we choose to follow Him, we have to transform our lives for Him- and like Jesus, that requires death. Death to ourselves, to our own plans and wills for our lives, our control of what happens, our pasts- whatever we’re holding onto, in order to fully live, we must lose it all.

This week, think about the things in your life that you haven’t buried yet. What parts of your life still need to be put to death?

Whatever that may be, ask yourself: is this better than what new life has in store? Is keeping my old self alive better than a resurrected, fully alive life with Jesus?

It may be scary and difficult to lay your old life down, but life with Jesus worth the death-- because he promises a resurrection. He makes beautiful things from the ashes, ladies- but He has to have the ashes first.

May we strive to lose our lives so we can find the life we’re seeking- and may we remember that in order to resurrect the life we had, we have to lay it down and give it up.

About the Author

Jordan Taylor is a 22 year old student living in the suburbs of Nashville, her lifelong hometown. She is currently studying to be an English teacher, and hopes to have a classroom full of crazy, loud middle schoolers in her near future! Jordan enjoys reading, long walks (anywhere, not just the beach!), crafting, listening to music, playing with her pug, Lola, and writing. She is learning how to be brave, love adventure, and try new things (a lifetime work in progress!). Jordan loves Jesus with all that she is, and is learning to let Him love her too. She enjoys rambling and writing about her faith at her blog, http://taylorjm.blogspot.com/, and is excited to share her journey with you all on DOD!


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