Put to Death

On Fridays we remember the death of Christ.  In this death Christ set an example of the extreme to which we should all pursue love–that love is impossible if we do not die to ourselves.  Many of us take this in a literal sense and can easily nod our heads, yes, we would die for Christ if the situation ever arose (which we know, gladly, will likely never come).  But everyday we have the opportunity to die for Christ.  There are innumerable situations in which we must choose between living for ourselves or dying to ourselves.

This evening spend thirty minutes in reflection and ask God to show you the moments where you had a choice between living and dying.  When did you put to death your own self that you might be reborn in Christ?  When did you put Christ to death so that you might hold on to your own way?

About Ragan Sutterfield

Ragan Sutterfield is a writer and Episcopal seminarian sojourning from his native Arkansas in Alexandria, Virginia. He is the author of Cultivating Reality: How the Soil Might Save Us, Farming as a Spiritual Discipline and a contributor to the book Sacred Acts: How churches are working to protect the Earth’s climate. Ragan’s articles and essays have appeared in a variety of magazines including Triathlete, The Oxford American, and Books & Culture. He works to live the good life with his wife Emily and daughter Lillian.


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