30 Days to Live e-Devotional – Day 8: It’s a Good Day to Die

Some of my favorite fictional characters are the Klingons from Star Trek.  Not the evil, villains from the original series but the allies of the later shows.  The warrior mentality, the loyalty, the toughness, come on guys grunt with me in approval, rah, rah rah!

Ok, all you non-Trekkies please forgive me. I’m being a little silly but one thing I really love about the Klingons is this.  Before they went into battle and especially if they were facing a hopeless situation, they would laugh and say, “It’s a good day to die!”  Then they would charge at the opposition with abandonment that can only come to a person who doesn’t fear death. It’s a good day to die today.  A good day to die to sin, to die to selfishness, to die to this temporary world.

Consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus. Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. – Romans 6:11

Maybe you are a believer and you’re really thinking about totally surrendering everything to the Lord, really living all out for Him, really risking it all for Him. Getting really involved in the church. Getting really involved in the work of God.

You think I really need to do that but then you think, “It’s not a good time for me now. I’m so busy.” Or “I feel overwhelmed right now.” Maybe when things settle down a little bit. When school is done or the kids are older or the job’s not so crazy…God’s favorite word is today. Satan’s favorite phrase is some day.  It’s a good day to die to die to excuses.

Some day I’ll deal with this problem then I’ll really be happy. Some day when work is not so busy I’ll spend more time with the kids. Some day when I get that promotion and I’m making more money then we’ll really enjoy life.  Someday when things are better I’ll serve at church.  It’s a good day to die.  Die to someday.

In the words of the band Switchfoot, “This is your life. Are you who you want to be?” We’re constantly waiting to live. We think some day then I’ll really live. Today is all you’re got.  Do you want to get to heaven and hear the Lord say, “I had so much more for you than what you lived.”?

Don’t get depressed now, you’re still breathing. You still have a chance.  Stop waiting to live and start living, living the life that God made to live!

Look at a passage that Jesus talked about in Luke 7:31.

He says, “To what, then, can I compare the people of this generation? What are they like? They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to each other: ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not cry.’ ”

Jesus is saying I wanted you to enjoy life, but you didn’t dance. You were always waiting to live. When painful situation or problems came your way you didn’t experience life; you tried to avoid all risk at all costs. You didn’t live. I put you on this earth and gave you the most sacred gift of all; the gift of life and you didn’t use it.

Today maybe the last day of your life, use it wisely.

Prayer

Dear Jesus, help me to die to selfishness.  Help me to crucify the fleshly desires and put your kingdom first.  I choose today to stop making excuses and to start doing the things you want me to.  I pray you would fill me with your Spirit’s power to follow through on these decisions.  Let you will be accomplished in my life today.  In your name I pray.

Thoughts for Today

  • What is one thing I know God has been asking me to do that I’ve been procrastinating on?
  • What is one natural thing I need to do to improve my life?  Why am I waiting?

Action List

  • Stop making excuses and do one thing God has been asking you!
  • Make a list of something big you’ve wanted to do but have put off.  Then break it down in to small actions.  DO the first action.

Example:  GOAL: Go back to school.
Actions: Decide where to go, Fill out application, Apply for Financial Aid, Buy books, Schedule Classes, AHHHHHH! It’s too much.  BREAK the actions down to small tasks.

Action 1 – Pick a school.
Task 1 – Look at schools on-line to decide what school to go to.

You can spend 30 minutes reading some school websites today.  Now you’ve made a step forward.  Already know the school, then task 1 is download an application.  You see, take an easily accomplished baby step.  Do that a couple days a week and in two months you’ll be surprised how far you’ve gotten in the process.

What are you waiting for? Stop reading this and go do it!

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