What needs to die?

20 01 2009

Yesterday I was reading John 11. This is a story I had read hundreds of times, but today I saw something new. Quickly, this is the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. Lazarus gets sick and Jesus does nothing except let him die.

Bummer!

Lazarus’s 2 sisters were trusting Jesus to come heal their brother, He had told them He would.

Jesus doesn’t show up.

Certainly Jesus understood the pain Mary and Martha were experiencing. He knew His poor time management would lead to their pain. He just let him die! The pretty ending is that Jesus raises this man from the dead, which is miraculous and amazing, but John 11:4 really made me stop.

John 11:4

4When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.”

My question to myself and now to you is this:

Where in your life does something need to die so that Jesus gets the glory when He brings you back to life?

What relationship needs to die? What habit? What attitude? What behaviour? What buisness practice? Where in your life are you sick, but in denial? Maybe the thing you need to let die isn’t even a sin. Maybe it is simply holding you back from the fullness God has for you. The pain is real, the mourning will hurt, but it will not end in death. God’s plan is to bring life, John 10:10 and to bring glory to God through your life.

Where in your life does something need to die so that Jesus gets the glory when He brings you back to life?

Put that bad habit to death. Let that bad relationship die. With all the pain it might bring put that thing to death.

Let it die and trust God to bring you back to life!

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