“Come, and die.”
After reading these three words, I set the book, Gospel-Centered Mom, aside. Brooke was bringing out what the True Gospel meant, and these words required me to confront my worst enemy – ME, MYSELF, and I!
Galatians 2:20 NIV says, I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me.
I no longer live. Trisha Goddard is dead. I am made new, and Christ lives in me.
As Brooke continued on through Chapter 7, she shared Luke 9:23 NIV – Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. And then, she nicely summed it up by saying, In other words, ‘Come, and die’. (Thanks, Brooke, for being so blunt!) These simple, yet profound, words affected me to the core. They were saying,
Dear child of Mine, ‘Come, and die.’ Deny your rights, your wants, your desires, your dreams – every.single.day. You are dead. I live in you. Follow Me, and bring Me glory.
As a wife and mom, I must deny myself – lay aside my rights, my wants, my desires, and my dreams – in order to serve my family well by fixing a meal, homeschooling my children, washing and ironing clothes, playing a game of Monopoly, listening to my family’s excitement and participating with them in where a new adventure leads, and so much more. It is a daily choice…to die to myself and serve my family so that He may be glorified!
As an extremely organized person, who absolutely loves to have a monthly (and yearly) schedule for “me & my family plans”, there are times that I must deny my plans in order to say “Yes” to God’s plan, like unexpected guests who show up or an event that morphs into a full-blown, serve-your-heart-out weekend. It is a daily choice…to die to myself and serve others so that He may be glorified!
Christ calls us to die to ourselves and pick up the needs of others instead. (quote from Gospel-Centered Mom)
Come, and die is not possible to do alone, but I can do all this through Him Who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13 NIV). God is enough, and as people watch and listen to me and you, may they see Christ and desire to follow Him.
[Because] what we do with the circumstances we are given, how we talk about them, act because of them, and trust or distrust God through them – influence others [and they want to know] whether you [and I] truly believe God is worth following (quotes from Gospel-Centered Mom).
God used Gospel-Centered Mom to remind me that when I daily choose to die to myself and follow Him, I will bring Him glory:
- in my personal relationship with Himself, which includes digging into and obeying the Word of God and spending time in prayer.
- in my relationship with my husband, which includes love and respect and the joy of serving alongside him in full-time ministry.
- in my relationship with my three children, which includes a mother’s love as I ground them in God’s Word, model for them what it means to love God and serve others, equip them with what they need to live a godly life, and give them the freedom to make their own decisions as they obey God.
- in my relationships with others, which includes loving, serving, and interacting with people from diverse cultures and languages.
Let’s be Gospel-Centered Moms [and Dads], who “come, and die” in order that our children and others see Christ through our actions and words, which express that He is enough and worth following.