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The Glory of Dying

Updated on June 1, 2011

The Glory of Dying

I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.

John 12:24-25

The kernel of wheat becomes productive only the moment it falls to the ground and dies. In the same way, the glory of Christian life lies only in the dying of a Christian. In order to become productive and victorious as a Christian, a believer must observe three deaths.

First death : death to self

The moment a person accepts Christ as her Lord, he/she must be willing to dethrone the SELF from the center of his heart and life. Then from that moment he/she ceased from living for himself/herself and started living for the Lord. He/She then has no more room for his selfish ambitions and self-centered lives.

I believe a true Christian must die from all his selfish agenda in life to be productive as a Christian. Selfish ambitions are hindrances to the fulfillment of God’s purposes in a believer’s life. A true Christian who experienced a true spiritual rebirth has bid goodbye to all his selfish ambitions for he has seen the futility of life apart from living inside the will of God. The primary agenda in the true Christian life is the Kingdom of God. His focus is geared on expending the realms of the Kingdom.

God cannot mightily work in a carnal and self-centered person. A person living to fulfill his selfish ambitions is still ignorant of the principles of kingdom living.

Second death : death to sin

Though a believer has two natures, the old sinful nature and the new spiritual nature, sin is not ruling in his/her life. His sinful nature has been deposed. A true Christian can still be tempted to sin but he will not remain in a sinful state for a prolonged period of time. Once tempted he will rise again to pursue righteousness and holiness, Dying to sin is a must in order to fulfill God’s agenda in a christian’s life.

Third death : death to the world

Third death a Christian must observe is dying to the world. It is written in I John 1 :15:

“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

One of the evidences that a person has become a true Christian is the loss of desires for the things of the world and the pleasures it gives. What are the things in the world that attract a person ? Prestige and position, pride of life, wealth and luxurious living, applause of men, fame and fortune, power and influence, gambling and vices, sex and women, recognition of men, materialism and lavish lifestyle. A Christian must die to all these things of the world to be victorious in his Christian life. A true Christian has bid goodbye to all these allurements. The world and the things in it has lost its appeal to a true regenerated believer.

There are so many things that will take away a christian’s focus from the Lord. But a Christian must observe these three deaths, death to self, death to sin and death to the world to be victorious and productive as a Christian. Only in dying to these three things will a Christian be of great value in the Kingdom of god.

In today’s modern generation, there are some preachers who stand in the pulpits who will lead you to love the world and the things of the world, to seek to fulfill your own selfish ambitions, will motivate you to dream big for yourself, to pursue for the best things this life has to offer or to get the most out of this earthly life offers. Their messages will lead you to convenient lifestyles without understanding the ways of the Kingdom of God.

These teachings seem harmless from the start, but in listening to them one may be unaware that he /she is being drifted away from her pure devotion to Christ. Don’t be deceived, the true glory of Christianity lies on dying, dying to self, sin and the world.

There is no other ways to live a glorious Christian life. All the other servants of the Lord who had truly made an impact to the world have first experienced death to self, sin and the world.

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      cristina327 7 years ago from Manila

      Thank you stars439 for visiting this hub. It is greatly appreciated.Best regards.

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      stars439 7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Very nice hub, and much to learn. God Bless You.

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      cristina327 7 years ago from Manila

      HI James thanks for gracing this hub. Your comment is greatly appreciated. Remain blessed and best regards.

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      This is a wonderful message, my dear. The three deaths. It is easy to get caught up in the world and the desires of our own hearts. It's not easy to live for Jesus but the rewards are ineffable. Thanks for a fine Hub.

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      cristina327 7 years ago from Manila

      Hi Cari Jean it is nice to hear from you again. Thank you for gracing this hub. Your comment is greatly appreciated. Regards.

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      Cari Jean 7 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      great hub, Cristina. Very well written. "The Glory of Dying" is trualy a concept that the world will never understand.

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      cristina327 7 years ago from Manila

      Hi Dave Mathews it is very encouraging to hear your comment. Thank you for gracing this page. Your comment is greatly appreciated. Remain blessed.

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      cristina327 7 years ago from Manila

      Hi Ken R Abell it is nice to hear from you again. Your visit is much appreciated. Regards.

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      Dave Mathews 7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      ATE'Cristina my goodness how beautifully you put this. Yes those that are saved from damnation through the acceptance of Jesus Christ will still commit sin, but they know that through their confession, and repentance, their salvation is still intact, and it is only if they turn away from God Our Father, Christ, and The Holy Spirit, and fully and wilfully choose to accept the "Prince of Darkness" that they will face Damnation and Jesus wrath at His return.

      Well done Ate'. A lesson well revisited.

      Brother Dave.

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      Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      Well said. There is great nuggets of truth in that phrase, "unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground & dies." Thank you for sharing.

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      cristina327 7 years ago from Manila

      Hi coffeesnob it is very encouraging to read your comment. Thank you for gracing this hub.It is greatly appreciated. Remain blessed and best regards.

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      coffeesnob 7 years ago

      cristina327

      This is excellent teaching. You speak truth here about the mystery of the dying seed. God bless you

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      cristina327 7 years ago from Manila

      Hi DeBorrah K Ogans it is very encouraging to read your comment. Thank you for gracing this hub. Your comment is very much appreciated. Remain blessed.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Cristina, Beautiful! Yes we die daily from the things of this world and live for the Lord!

      "There is no other ways to live a glorious Christian life. All the other servants of the Lord who had truly made an impact to the world have first experienced death to self, sin and the world." Amen!

      Thank you for sharing, In His Love & Blessings!

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      cristina327 7 years ago from Manila

      Hi UlrikeGrace it is nice to hear from you again. True christianity involves dying to sin, to self and the world. Only by observing these three deaths, a christian will be of great worth in the KIngdom of God. Remain blessed and best regards.

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      cristina327 7 years ago from Manila

      Hi RevLady it is very encouraging to read your comment. Only by observing these three deaths, death to self, death to sin, death to the world a christian will experience a glorious and victorious christian life. Remain blessed and best regards,

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      UlrikeGrace 7 years ago from Canada

      Christian...you are so correct in what you say...if I am not willing to die here in this life, now...I may have received salvation...but what a loss it will incur for me in the abundant, glorious life Jesus promised I would have here.

      Thank you for sharing such a powerful word...dying...it is the way to life...

      UlrikeGrace

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      RevLady 7 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      AMEN cristina327. It is the truth of God's word and is a great companion to my "The Christians Three Crucifixions."

      Love and peace,

      Forever His,