Hanging on for dear life can leave us just short of real life. Dying is Jesus' invitation to move from emotional/spiritual isolation to sweet friendship with God. Just as death opens a grain of wheat to a whole new life, so our dying, although still breathing, opens us up to a bright, new, eye popping, soul soaring new life.
But here's the challenge, we don't die well. We hang on for dear life to a life that isn't delivering and can never deliver. Spiritual death is embracing the pain of failure, sober acknowledgement of spirit emptiness and "turn out the lights the party's over" surrender to the God of true life and celebration. Hanging on will only hold us back.
We must die to be "born again" and we must keep "putting to death" the idols that creep back into our lives. One thought: DNR - Do Not Resuscitate! It's common to see this in critical care units for people who are ready to move on. How about us? Right now we can dangle a spiritual DNR sign around empty lives and impotent gods! The only life to hang on to is the life found in Jesus. But here's the payoff, loosen your grip and enjoy life because you are held firm by God.
John 12:24-26, Col. 3, John 10:28