Take a few moments to consider the following question: What does “dying to yourself” mean to you?
Galatians 2:20 (ESV)
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
It is common within the Christian culture for us to hear that we must die to ourselves daily to be like Christ. While this is true, like many other things in the world today, that expression has lost a lot of its weight. Dying to self is an inward expression that allows our Father to change, heal, and restore us in order for us to be in right standing before God. In breaking down Galatians 2:20, we can see 2 distinct parts.
"I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me”
Obviously, Paul didn't literally crucify himself, but this serves as an illustration of his life and how he chose to crucify (die to) his own desires. This extends past his way of thinking, to even the way that he carried himself intentionally to live within The Father's will. It was in this confidence that Paul was able to write: “and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me”, because he knew that in every moment he died to his earthly desires and chose Jesus.
From humbly preaching and having hundreds respond, to being publicly beaten and humiliated and thrown in jail. He still chose to cling to the father although it was not easy.
“And he said to all, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.’”
Dying to self really just calls us to leave all earthly desires at the door DAILY. Meaning every day you must crucify(die to) things like pride, anger, sin, addiction, self-sufficiency, and etc.
Consider your own life. What are some of the things The Lord is calling you to die to? And what is preventing you from doing so?