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This is a word from Pastor Timothy Burdick, Minister of Abilities for Friday Study Ministries:

THE HIGH COST OF DYING

"If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me will save it" (Luke 9:23-24)

All of us have had to reflect on death recently as the air waves have been blanketed with the passing of Michael Jackson. While death is fresh in our mind, I would like us to reflect on its cost, for in every way it is overwhelming. Looking at it from a dollars and cents viewpoint alone, the cost is staggering, but from God’s perspective, the cost is eternal.

In the Bible, three kinds of death are spoken of, and we will examine them one at a time. 1) there is physical death which we all have to face. This physical death is simply a transition from this world to the next. David says about it in Psalms 39 verse 5, “You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man's life is but a breath.

You may be young with seemingly limitless time but, this is just an illusion. Set positive goals; don’t just exist, going aimlessly through life, for this is not true living but rather dying slowly. The person who chooses to live aimlessly pays a high price. He or she is robbed of all true meaning and beauty.

Therefore, God is asking: "What are you doing with your life today? For He wants to help you to live a life that is full and overflowing."

2) Hebrews 9:27-28 says, "Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him."

The second kind of death is spiritual. This spiritual death robs man of being in a vital union with God both now and forever. A dynamic creative spiritual life is what separates us from the animals, and brings meaning and purpose to what would otherwise be a day-to-day existence.

You can receive this spiritual life today by agreeing with God that you have sinned and are in need of His grace, for not doing so will have the eternal consequences which I alluded to above. If you have already done this, God is asking you again: "What are you doing with your life now? Will you make a new commitment to serve Me fully, and not just with some kind of half-hearted approach?"

Finally, 3) Christ asks us all to die to ourselves on a daily basis. He touched on this in Luke 9:23-24, when He said to His listeners: "If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me will save it."

The cross was a symbol of death, which Jesus transformed into a symbol of life and hope. Dying to your will and living for God, will bring death to your old ways, but new life is given, and hope will become real to you, for He has your best in mind. So for the third time God is asking you through tears of concern: “What are you doing with your life today?”

Remember Philippians 4:13 - "I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me."

Contact: Pastor Timothy Howard Burdick

Visit my website at: www.mynvm.org

You can join a discussion/prayer/Bible study with Pastor Timothy on the telephone each week on Thursday evenings at 6 PM Arizona time for his Bible study, by dialing 1.218.936.7979 (US) and entering access code number 139535.

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