I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior in September 1989. I cannot remember which day it was, but I’m pretty sure it was one day of that month.
Its the present day and I come across a challenge by Oswald Chambers in one of his devotionals in www.utmost.org:
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. Read the whole devotional here.
I thought about this. Have I “really” buried my old life, never to resurrect again? I reflected on my life and concluded that, no, I have not yet “buried” my old life. I realized that this was the reason my old life keeps haunting me. this old life actually wants to resurrect. But then…
..only Jesus resurrected! My old life should remain buried. Now how should I answer Oswald’s challenge. The most spiritual and logical answer would be, “NOW!”
I also know myself…and I should not believe myself… but believe only in the one God who died for my sins and whom God resurrected from the dead that we may have eternal life. For He alone would give me strength to keep my old self buried.
“My dear Jesus, this is my faith that I offer to you. Today, i commit to my “white funeral”-the burial of the old life and a resurrection into the life of Jesus Christ. I will be one with God that I may be a witness for Him. Amen.”