Thoughts on life from Pat Oaks
My younger son Jason (who hosts this blog) wrote a statement in his blog today about "being done dying"....that he had "done it for 3 years."
I love that. It started me thinking about the fact that all of us are on the docket to die. However, we can take care of that by giving ourselves completely to the Lord and by being buried in baptism and rising to walk in newness of life! Of course this body still has to go through what we call death, but our souls will never die if we have given ourselves completely to the One who has conquered death!
So, I guess in that sense, we all need to keep on dying. Dying to self. Even if it takes 3 years. So many times I have thought that I have overcome some sin or some problem, only to have it crop up again. When that happens, I have to "die" all over again. Sometimes I wonder if I will ever completely "die" to some things. But, I keep trying.
A friend of John boy's wrote a song about his brother called "David has always been dying." That's true of all of us.
Keith Green has a song that says "I wanna die and let You give Your life to me so I might live."
The apostle Paul says in I Corinthians 15:31 "I die daily."
Sometimes, Jason Amos, it takes even longer than 3 years! But that doesn't stop me from being willing to once again, die to that old person that I was, and try, once again, to become a new creature in Christ.
If you'd like to visit his blog that "curates heartbreak": hoarselycry.com