Now if we died with Christ,
we believe that we will also live with him.
Nobody wants to die. Paul didn’t want to die; but die he did. The day he died started like most of the others. Paul was headed to Damascus and was determined to stop the growth of those heretics called the Way. He hated Christians and everything related to Christianity. Paul had to die. It was either him or them; he died that day with an unexpected encounter. His old life was gone when he met Christ on the Damascus Road. The Lord had others plans for this new Paul. He was called to be an apostle to the Gentiles, unthinkable. That Pharisee had to die for that to ever happen, there was no way he would want to bring life to the Gentiles. From this day forward Paul was crucified with Christ, you could say he had become a dead man walking. Here are some thoughts from Andrew Murray on today’s verse.
“The reason why God’s children so seldom live in the power of the resurrection is that they have so little insight into dying with Christ. This becomes clear with Paul’s words: “If we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.… The death he died, he died to sin once for all. Therefore, says Paul, we must remember that we are dead to sin and alive for God in Christ Jesus. These words give us God’s assurance of who and what we are in Christ. It is a truth that we cannot master with our minds or call our own, but which the Holy Spirit must reveal to us. Through His power, we must experience the death of the cross as the power for our daily lives. Then together with Paul, we can also declare that we will not place any part of our bodies in the service of sin or as an instrument in the pursuit of godlessness . Every part of our bodies will be given to the service of God, for a holy life.”
So maybe you need to die. None of us want to but after it happens you could never go back to that old you. There are places the Lord wants to take you and things He has planned for you to do that you would never consider; at least you wouldn’t consider them until you too experience this untimely death. Yep; you too will join the forces of dead men walking.