Jesus had a new way of being in the world, a new system of success that was upside-down in every way. It was a different kind of Kingdom he taught about where a person stoops to be taller, where someone serves to be greater.
It was a Kingdom where death actually comes first.
Before life, before honor, before intimacy, before true greatness, death.
And it’s the Kingdom ushered in, 2000 years later, every moment I choose the process the dandelion undergoes every season– the process of dying to one, so that others, maybe even a different me, can spring up from the earth.
It’s a giving up and laying down and a ripping-from-the-fingers of my status and my will and my idea of how this should go.
It’s a death that involves loss and selflessness and sacrifice and risk that finds me holding my breath.
It’s a death to the great me I think I am out of love for the Great I Am.
Death first, and then, then, life– life that is multiplied and scattered and blown to the four wide winds.
Life far more fruitful than a single flower– even one that tries to live forever– could ever hope to produce.
Tasting any “death” today? Embracing it or fighting it?
Thanks to those who participated in The Exodus Road launch and giveaway. The winner of the VinylArt gift card for $40 (minus international shipping) was (comment #7) Christie Hagermouth, a missionary in Paraguay. Congratulations, Christie!