First of all, I am not a theologian. I don’t consider myself to be an ‘expert’ in Christianity. All I am is a thinker, and something tickled my mind last night.
Do we ever think of dying as a way to conquer sin?
Think about it; that’s how Jesus did it.
(Like I said, I am not a theologian. So bear with me.)
I had a thought last night at a 20’s connect group: Jesus died to beat sin. It got me thinking about the ways we defeat sin – though overcoming, though rising above it, through various other means. But I’m curious as to how we deal with the root issues of our sin. Like a man struggling with pornography; it is not so much we should be focusing on him not watching it, but that we should be figuring out the root cause of lust. Or a woman who sleeps around and has low self-respect. It is not more worth it to be seeing that she had a poor self image and no identity, rather than telling her what is wrong about it?
I just thought, that is Jesus died to conquer death, doesn’t that mean we should too?
Is there a reason why He says, ‘Take up your cross, and follow Me.”? – Because, it’s through dying that we live? Isn’t it? (Yes)
Personally, I struggle a lot with self-esteem issues and very low confidence. I have tried my best to tell myself how much God loves me, and how I am fearfully and wonderfully made. But I had never dealt with the root cause. I was so obsessed with what people thought of me. I was ashamed of who I was. I am a compulsive comparer (Is that a word?) – anything from a girl’s eyebrow Instagram pic, to the way someone worships at church. I compare and compare and compare to make sure I measure up to what a ‘good Christian’ looks like. I know I am a child of God, but I still felt like I had to please the world, and especially other Christians. And that’s the real issue I had to die to: the will to please man, and pride.
It’s not a matter of knowing I am fearfully and wonderfully made, so then I no longer need to seek the approval of man. It’s more that I don’t need to seek the approval of man because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
I just don’t think we really get to the root cause enough. We don’t dig down where it really hurts. We don’t let God search us because we are ashamed of what He will find. But, it isn’t like that. When God revealed that I had a problem with wanting to please man and a problem with pride, I wasn’t ashamed.
I was humbled, and I was thankful. Thankful that He cared enough to heal me.
“And those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires” – Galatians 5:24