Death After Life
What happens when you die? Where do you go? Is there such a thing as the afterlife? Or is death really the end? These are all questions we have probably asked before or at the very least heard someone else ask. But I don't want to talk about life after death, I want to try to answer a question that Christians sometimes ignore: Is there death after life?
Yes, I know everyone will die one day; but I'm not talking about a physical death. Galatians 2:20 says: "I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." So by accepting Christ's sacrifice and desiring to live for Him, we are in fact also deciding to be crucified and die along with Him. I'm not saying that we're going to be hung on a cross, but in a way we must die.
Dying To Self
I am a selfish, lazy, prideful, and arrogant person. Jesus is none of these things. So if I want to be more like Him, I have to rid myself of these things. Some people call it "dying to self". I've also heard it referred to as emptying our self of the crap that keeps us separated from God. Either way, it is a spiritual death.
Galatians 5:24 explains it like this: "And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires." Our sin nature, aka the "flesh", is in constant battle with God. Notice how I said is in constant battle, and not was? It's because even after we decide to follow Jesus and ask Him to forgive us and make us a new creation, we are still human and still have a sin nature. We battle daily against the passions and desires of our flesh and therefore need to die daily. It is a process, one that sometimes isn't fully explained to new Christians, so let me just set the record straight: accepting Jesus as your savior does not mean that you are now sin-proof.
My Death, His Life
Let's revisit what we read earlier: "It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me." My life is now intertwined with Christ. When I have emptied myself of all of my crap, it makes room for Christ and His power, love, goodness, etc to live in me. "And the life I now live in the flesh" (see, I told you we still live in fleshy sin-nature filled bodies) "I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." I live by faith in Him who died for me. I die daily and empty myself to make room for Him. There is death after life so we may find life after death.