The title of this post is a rewritten version of a line from one of my favorite movies, The Dark Knight.
And when that line was spoken, the context of the situation matches that of a person trying to live for Christ in the culture of today. It’s difficult trying to follow Christ today, but why is that? Because following Christ means to be like a fish swimming upstream against the current. The Bible is clear that God’s way is not the way of the world, and actually looks like foolishness to even the wisest of men. I mean, take a look at Romans 5:6-9…
“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that m while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Christ died for those that hated him. Paul even says that someone might even consider dying for a good man, but only consider. But God demonstrated his love by dying for us. On my own, I could never do that but it’s Christ in me that removes my selfish desires and places himself there.
Living a life for God in a society that hates him and anyone who follows him is not easy, but God, in order to follow Him, says that we are to put away the things of this world, take up our cross, and follow Him. Crosses are made for suffering and dying, and if you claim to follow God, but haven’t picked up your cross, you might want to look at your life, because I’ve certainly failed inn carrying mine.
Can you die to yourself? I’ve died to myself in all ways, tho my flesh keeps coming back with a vengeance, but in one way I haven’t been tested yet….