Gal. 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
I remember, years ago, going to a drive in movie to see a showing of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. That was the first time I had ever heard of zombies, you know, those walking around dead people. I often think about that stupid flick and what an impression it made on me. I don’t remember many of the other films I saw in those days but this one stuck with me. This was the original dead men walking. Really, this is a great picture of our Christian life. Paul said we were crucified, publicly executed, with Christ; nevertheless we live. Just as our dying was public, our living for Christ is very public too. We are literally walking dead men, dead to the world but alive in Christ. This is an excerpt from a powerful book called LIVING DEAD by Dick Brogdin & Mark Renfroe.
“In one sense, Live Dead is timeless and universal. It is the crucified life, the “I die daily” of Paul, the death to self that unbroken generations of Christ followers from all cultures have faithfully lived. All who bear the name of Jesus are called to put His passions and priorities above their own needs and comforts. We all are to live dead.
In another sense, Live Dead is a very intentional effort to preach the gospel of the Kingdom among every nation that the end may come (Matthew 24:14). Following the 1800s, the great century of Christian mission, came the realization that our world is not getting better, and that peace and justice cannot be ultimately realized by the efforts of man—including redeemed man. A longing, a desperation for Christ to return, filled the hearts of believers in Jesus as the twentieth century dawned. Desperate for Jesus to come back, understanding that His return was linked to the gospel being preached to every people (to every ethnolinguistic group), aware that this could not be done in their own power, believers from around the world got on their knees and pleaded for for power from on high.”
What a great picture of the Christian life. We are separated from this world, dead to this world, that we can testify to this generation about Jesus Christ. It all starts the day you are born again, suddenly you are not able to fit in with the people and behavior that was so natural before. You have changed and as far as the old friends are concerned, you are dead. You are dead to them but more alive than you have ever been. Welcome to the Life of the Living Dead. Learning how to Live Dead will consume the rest of your days.