“Always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body” (2 Corinthians 4:10).
A major theme in the life of faith is Jesus’ death. It is a story we not only tell but seek to live out each day. Dying to self becomes our pursuit as Christ lives in us. In contrast to this is the life lived for self—it justifies itself, demands its rights, wants its on way, seeks its own glory, is envious, irritable, resentful, critical, worried, hard, and unyielding. Once again, the paradox of Kingdom life reveals itself—only by dying do we discover life.