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Dying to Live
by Steve Higginbotham
Then he said to the crowd, If any of you wants to be my follower, you must put aside your selfish ambition, shoulder your cross daily, and follow me. If you try to keep your life for yourself, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for me, you will find true life. (Luke 9:23-24)
Once, while channel surfing, a program caught my attention. A man and a woman were trapped underwater in a wrecked mini-submarine. They had an insufficient amount of air for both of them to safely swim back to the main submarine. However, they had a plan. The girl would allow herself to drown. The man, who was the stronger and faster swimmer, would swim back to the submarine, dragging her along. When he reached the safety of the submarine, he would attempt to resuscitate her.
Well, the plan worked. It was however, a rather macabre solution to their problem she had to die in order to live.
Friends, you and I must make a choice. We too, must choose to die if you we truly want to live.
When we became Christians and were baptized to become one with Christ Jesus, we died with him? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.
Title: "Dying to Live"
Author: Steve Higginbotham
Publication Date: February 9, 2002