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Visual.ly recently ran a post that shows how much we have of a variety of natural resources, considering our current production levels compared to an approximate lifespan of 78 years.
Besides the scary thought that The Hunger Games might be closer into the future than we thought (we’re running out of coal sooner than later!) is that we have to come to the conclusion that we have very limited resources as people on earth. Eventually we will run out of things.
Eventually, you will even run out of life.
We don’t think about it too often, because if we do we’ll be left immobilized, too scared to walk out of our front door. So we learn to some way or another cope with the fact that we are going to die one day.
The practical strategy of course is to maintain our safety by any means necessary. We lock our doors at night, we eat with proper nutrition, we make sure our cars have working seat belts and airbags and we walk around in full body armor. Well, some of us do.
Naturally, Jesus had a better answer for dealing with the inescapable reality that we are all going to die eventually.
Do it now. Go ahead, die.
Okay, that was a paraphrase, so I’ll let Him speak for Himself to make it clearer:
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
Matthew 16: 24-25 (NKJV)
I don’t think the disciples would have seen that one coming. It is common vernacular for someone like me who has grown up as a Christian, so it is easy for me to hear it and not give it much thought, but I shouldn’t because it is the essence of Christianity.
Christ died for my sins, so in return I sacrifice myself to follow Him. I want to be like Christ, so I’m going to die to myself.
Do you hoard up resources for yourself or are you willing to lose it all for Christ’s sake?