Did you know that your baptism was symbolic of death? You died to your sins, and yourself; it was the first death. I wonder why some still live as if they’ve never died? One of my friends posted this yesterday:
When James Calvert went out to cannibal Fiji with the message of the Gospel, the captain of the ship dissuaded him, "You will risk your life and all those with you by going among such savages." He replied, "We died before we came here."
Doesn’t that make you think? When you die to yourself, it should change your perspective. The second death should have no hold on you because you’ve already died, and yet we still live in fear of death. If you live in fear of a tiny organism that you can’t see but have heard and seen what it does to humans, why can’t you take to heart what Jesus has done? He has saved me from death so many times, and I’m sure you have a testimony of his greatness that you need to bring back out as a reminder of what he has done for you. Stop living in fear; you’ve already died.
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. Galatians 2:20