As one who ministers to nursing home employees, from time to time, a nurse will call my attention to a dying man or woman in the facility. I never thought I would encounter so much death in my life. It's so obvious to me now, death is merely another part of this Great Adventure we call "life"; a graduation, and so fleeting at that.
I used to wonder about this verse: "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints." - Psalm 116:15. I always thought of it as confirmation that life in these earth suits is not “it” for us saints, the people of God. In my mind, once our job was done on terra firma, our Father welcomed us into Heaven, right?
Well, that's a pretty picture – a prodigal son moment – but I had a revelation about that verse today. It may be old news to you so bear with me as I rejoice.
I believe the “death of His saints” being referred to in this verse is not a physical death, but a spiritual death; the death of the old so the new can come forth. It is the decreasing of our flesh so the life of Christ can shine through from within us.
Speaking of "decreasing of flesh," let's talk about circumcision. Moses was called to deliver God's children from slavery. When he was returning to Egypt to embark upon the journey, it nearly cost him his life (Ex 4:24). Why? Because Mo had failed to take care of the details of obedience whereby all the males in his family were to be circumcised. Imagine that! God prepared Mo for 40 years and almost disqualified him because of an oversight.
In this same way, none of us will ever enter the Promised Land of spiritual liberty until there is a circumcision of the heart. Many of us Christians still walk about in bondage to the past - our hurts, our programming - and the Father desires to set us free. “O Lord, truly I am Your servant...You have freed me from my chains,” (Psalm 116:15-16).
We will never be totally free until a death takes place in each of our lives. When this death takes place, we become free from materialism, fear, self-effort, anxiety, pain, trauma... the stuff of life that doesn't really serve us at all; we are suddenly dead to such things and walking in the newness of life. Born again, if you will.
I love this verse: “...unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds,” (John 12:24). Though this certainly describes the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, it's certainly God's “Plan A” for everyone who follows after Him. Galatians 2:20 declares, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
Are you dying that same spiritual death? It's a precious thing to our God. Be not deceived that “getting one's ticket punched” through one of our many manmade denominational salvation techniques was all anyone must do to receive Jesus as Lord. There's far too much of that going on and far too little fruit for anyone to be fooled by such nonsense.
Grow in grace and in your deep knowledge of Jesus Christ. He is the ONLY Way, the ONLY Truth,and there is NO LIFE outside of Him.
A Follower of the Teachings of Jesus Christ