Often, even though we have already buried our old self, it comes back to haunt us.
Reference: v.7 “Consider now: Who, being innocent, has ever perished?
Where were the upright ever destroyed?" (NIV Bible)
Explore: The other week at church my pastor was preaching about Michael Jackson's Thriller video clip. OK, so that wasn't the only thing he spoke about but it helped to illustrate a good point. When we become a disciple of Jesus we die to our old self and become new in Christ. However, we are not perfect from then on. Often, even though we have already buried our old self, it comes back to haunt us – just like all the corpses and ghouls on the video clip. Just when we think we are safe and travelling along well in our faith, we make a choice that our old self would have made.
Application: There is a common myth around Christian circles that once you become a Christian your life will be perfect and every thing will be easy. Anyone who has been a Christian for more that one week will know that this is not true. Even though it may be our heart's desire to follow Jesus in everything we do, we will still experience difficult times and need to make some tough choices. When Job was going through difficult times his friends thought that he was doing evil things because he his life was a challenge. However, every single person is confronted with challenges. What sets Christians apart is that we have the knowledge that God will always be there for us. And so when we hit a tough time we have two choices; we can either decide to follow our selfish nature or we can again bury the ghouls of our old life and strive to follow in Jesus' footsteps.
Prayer: Lord, there are times in our lives when the going is really tough. Help us to stand firm in Your love. May we continually keep burying our old self and strive to live for You. Amen.
What is a part of your old self that you struggle to bury?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.