The same is true for us. Unless we have died with Christ, we will not live with Him. The apostle Paul wrote that he in essence was crucified with Jesus (see Galatians 2:20) and that since he "died" and was suffering with Christ, becoming like Him in His death, he would experience resurrection power in his life and eternal life.
The overriding thought today is to avoid or minimize any and all pain and suffering—don’t get hurt or have other people mess up your life. We’re told that Christ does not want us to experience any evil in this life.
And we put so much time and energy into keeping our lives neat and tidy and on track with every selfish goal that we have little to nothing left to give out, and no room for service or sacrifice because that would not allow us to achieve the “more important” things of life.
However, unless we die with Christ, we will not live. Think about these two passages in the Bible:
- "Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him" (Rom. 6:8).
- "The saying is trustworthy, for if we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us" (2 Tim. 2:11-12).
The opposite is also true: if we do not die with Him, we will not live with Him. There will be no resurrection.
Right before His death and resurrection, Jesus put it this way: Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him. (John 12:24-26 ESV)
Consider what's better: gaining Christ and His life and righteousness or hanging on to the temporary stuff of this life and dying an eternal death? Do an accounting and chose Christ.