January 15 Do You Walk In
We were buried with Him . . . that just as Christ was raised from the
dead . . . even so we also should walk in newness of life —Romans 6:4
No one experiences complete
sanctification without going through a “white funeral”— the burial of the
old life. If there has never been this crucial moment of change through death,
sanctification will never be more than an elusive dream. There must be a “white
funeral,” a death with only one resurrection— a resurrection into the life
of Jesus Christ. Nothing can defeat a life like this. It has oneness with God
for only one purpose— to be a witness for Him.
Have you really come to your
last days? You have often come to them in your mind, but have you really
experienced them? You cannot die or go to your funeral in a mood of excitement.
Death means you stop being. You must agree with God and stop being the
intensely striving kind of Christian you have been. We avoid the cemetery and
continually refuse our own death. It will not happen by striving, but by
yielding to death. It is dying— being “baptized into His death” (Romans 6:3).
Have you had your “white
funeral,” or are you piously deceiving your own soul? Has there been a point in
your life which you now mark as your last day? Is there a place in your life to
which you go back in memory with humility and overwhelming gratitude, so that
you can honestly proclaim, “Yes, it was then, at my ‘white funeral’, that I
made an agreement with God.”
“This is the will of God,
your sanctification . . .” (1 Thessalonians 4:3). Once you truly realize this
is God’s will, you will enter into the process of sanctification as a natural
response. Are you willing to experience that “white funeral” now? Will you
agree with Him that this is your last day on earth? The moment of agreement
depends on you.