Live Until You Die

There are two great days in a person’s life. The day they were born and the day they discover why they were born. Obviously the second date could never happen unless the first date had first taken place. For me the “kairos moment,” my second great experience, was March 14, 1977; that was the day I discovered why I was born.

I’ve come to the realization through the years that I’m an extension of my parent’s life. I represent them. When I look at many of my behaviors, many of my attitudes and even  my ideas, the apple has not fallen far from the tree. My children are an extension of my life. There are times I look at each of them so proudly and say, “There’s a chip off the old block!” There are  times I look at certain qualities and say, “Dear Lord where did that come from?” The heavens open up and He says, “Their mother’s side of the family.” LOL The reality is, the life I’m living I’m not living independent of legacy. I have a history that is deeply rooted in who my parents, my grandparents and my great grandparents were.

The conclusion I’ve come to is this; I am going to live until I die. Perhaps that sounds basic and not all that profound. Just think about it for a minute and say these words out loud: I am going to live until I die. Some who are reading this InSight have already died; they are dead man/woman walking. The life they are living is void of passion. It is void of direction. It is absent of destiny. Instead of living a long life they are living a slow death. I’ve made the decision that I am going to live until I die. And how do I do that? Galatians 2:20 makes it clear that, I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I realize that it is in Christ I live and move and have my being (Acts 17:28).

I am living an incredible life and am going to continue to live out my destiny until I die. How many times have I said the epitaph I want on my tombstone is, he died empty. There was nothing left to do. Everything I was destined to accomplish on this side of eternity was done. I died empty. In other words, I lived until I died. So the question today is, are you going to live until you die or have you already died? Is there no mission? Is there no vision? Is there no passion? Is there no direction? Today you can make the choice. If you choose to die to yourself – if you choose to die to your old nature – you can begin to live afresh and anew until you die.

Pastor Bill

Pastor Bill

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