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This Week For Sunday

This past Sunday, Shannon said something that really struck me. It wasn’t a main point or the climax of his message.  He just said it in passing (I’m not even sure he said it again second service), but it resonated in my soul and I’ve been wrestling with it in my mind:

Dead people don’t own anything.

For my own sake, allow me state the obvious: Dead people are dead.  All the money they saved (or spent) doesn’t make a difference for them personally.  Their stuff (or lack there of) is irrelevant.  They no longer have any rights or any need for them.  Their dead.

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Paul writes in Galatians 2:20, “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

Nicole is dead; she died in the waters of baptism in 1997.  Christ now resides in this body and in this heart.  I’ve known this and Shannon gently reminds us each weekend.  But the way he phrased it this Sunday flipped something for me.

Dead people don’t own anything.

What if I truly lived like that?

  • When it comes to money… I’m dead and dead people don’t own anything.  It really is Christ’s money.
  • When it comes to time… I’m dead and dead people don’t own anything. Every day belongs to Christ.
  • When it comes to “my” need for approval and respect and love and control… I’m dead and dead people don’t own (or need) anything.  This is Christ’s life and He can use it any way He see fits.

This Sunday we’re singing a song that isn’t new, but at least for me has new meaning.  In “Lay Me Down” by the Passion Band it says:

I lay me down, I’m not my own
I belong to you alone
Lay me down, lay me down
Hand on my heart this much is true
There’s no life apart from you
Lay me down, lay me down
Lay me down, lay me down

Letting go of my pride
Giving up all my rights
Take this life and let it shine
Take this life and let it shine

Every day I have to choose again to die to myself so that Christ can live and reign in my life (Luke 9:23).  It’s all His; all my rights, my needs, my desires, my stuff… I lay it down at His feet.  Because I’m dead and dead people don’t own anything.

Here is the whole set list for Sunday. I pray God continues to speak to you and I through this series “Love Does.”

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I am a 32 year old hipster who enjoys visiting coffee shops with my husband. I am the Lead Creative Arts Pastor at SoHills and am passionate about environments without distractions where opportunities are provided to encounter Christ. Anything done excellently captures my attention. And I know my dog is the cutest you've ever seen.

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