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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Sin Obituary | New Life 2014

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Death seems scary. So often we see the "dark side". Just watch TV for about a half hour and you will see multiple commercials of corpses taunting people as ghosts or spirits. However as a Christian woman I have decided to see death in a different light. You see, when we die to ourselves the old has gone and the new has come.

Most people cheerfully celebrate the New Year with long lists of "accomplishments" from the past year and a new long list of things to begin for the New Year. I was feeling it necessary to come back to this abandoned blog and create a New Year post like most other bloggers are doing right now. I wasn't feeling particularly good about how the past year went. Yes, I had been published in local newspapers twice in the past couple of months and gained hundreds of Facebook followers for my photography business. But, I had also nearly crushed my marriage, relationships and finances.

I began to think. What if I were to die today? What if I was reading my own obituary?  This is not the way I want it to read:

While it looks extremely simple and rather nice by "worldly standards" it really made me sad to think about. Do I really just want to be known for the earthly accomplishments I achieved? Or do I want to be known as a woman who lived and breathed for Christ?

You may think I have officially gone off the deep end. You may say "hey this is just too morbid" But, can you say that you have glorified God first and foremost in your life?

All of this got me thinking. If I know that I am supposed to die to myself daily but I keep on living selfishly how on earth can I make this year different? Suddenly it hit me. I am going to make my "death to self" seem as real as humanly possible.

While I didn't go to a funeral home and lay in a casket I did carefully pick out what I would imagine myself wearing for my own funeral. What is my favorite hairstyle, clothes, make-up and perfume. As I prepared myself I was praying that the Holy Spirit would in fact dwell in my heart forever, that this would serve as a reminder as I carry out my day to day tasks.


But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.
6They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, 7always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. 8Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth. They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. 9But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone. 2 Timothy 3:1-9 NIV Youversion.com
 
As an artist I was visualizing what I am dying to. What would I look like as I lay there?  I carefully set up my "funeral". Will this be enough for me to clean up my act? Will I go on sinning? Well, unfortunately I am human. Thankfully Jesus' grace is BIGGER and for that reason I will praise Him all of my days.


 
 
 12having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.
13When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. 15And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. Colossians 2: 12-15 NIV youversion.com
 
20Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules: 21“Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”? 22These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings. 23Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence. Colossians 2:20-23




 
1Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

4When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Colossians 3: 1-4 NIV youversion
 


And my prayer as I go forth this year and for many years to come is that I am building God's kingdom here on earth before I join in the celebration of a lifetime..... eternity in Heaven.




 5For your Maker is your husband—
the Lord Almighty is his name—
the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer;
he is called the God of all the earth.
6The Lord will call you back
as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit—
a wife who married young,
only to be rejected,” says your God.
7“For a brief moment I abandoned you,
but with deep compassion I will bring you back.
8In a surge of anger
I hid my face from you for a moment,
but with everlasting kindness
I will have compassion on you,”
says the Lord your Redeemer.
9“To me this is like the days of Noah,

when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again cover the earth.
So now I have sworn not to be angry with you,
never to rebuke you again.
10Though the mountains be shaken
and the hills be removed,
yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken
nor my covenant of peace be removed,”
says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
Many blessings and a Happy New Year!

2 comments:

  1. Wow. So powerful! You always give me these little "nudges" and wake up calls. Love you. Laura:)

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