In discussing Romans 6:4, OC talks about "white funerals" today. Interesting my mind immediately went to images of baptism in our church, where those going through that symbolic ritual wear white. It's also interesting that God allows us so much leeway in this. As OC says, we can continue to "skirt the cemetary" or we can accept that we must face our "last day on earth." The dying to self, denying sin the right to reign, is part of our battle here on earth. But we like it here too much. We like our sin too much.
Tho' even thinking those words makes me shudder, they are true. I think part of the problem for me is that I focus on the dying instead of the "alive to God in Christ" part. (Romans 6:11). Focusing on being alive in Christ is the motivator that makes dying to our selves and our sin seem like a paltry thing. But it's kind of like looking at an unfamiliar fruit - we've been told it's good, but we've never tasted it for ourselves. Until we do, we won't know it's the best thing we've ever tasted. So it's a step of faith, or a dive of faith you could say, staying with the symbolism of baptism.
May we all dive deep and often!
Blessings on your day. Marci