To Die with Christ
2 Timothy 2:11-13…
On the twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, we are challenged to die with Christ:
This saying is trustworthy: If we have died with him we shall also live with him; if we persevere we shall also reign with him. But if we deny him he will deny us. If we are unfaithful he remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself. -2 Timothy 2:11-13, NAB
These powerful words tell us that if we want to live, we must die with Christ. If we want to reign with Him, we must persevere through our challenges. But if we choose to deny Him, He will deny us.
This is the challenge for all of those who live good lives but choose to deny Christ. For whatever reason, they do not see a need for Him in their lives, or they simply feel that life is easier without the “restrictions” of the Christian life. Others hope that they can spend their lives denying Him, but He will save them anyway if they are “good enough.”
It is this last situation that is most difficult. They see Christ. They acknowledge Him. Yet they fail to see the necessity of faith.
There is still hope. We may be unfaithful – we may not accept Christ – but He will still be waiting for us. He knows that a life with Him is exactly what we need, and He will not give up on us. He will continue to give us opportunities to turn our lives around.
If we choose to die with Christ, we will live, and if we choose to persevere, we will reign with Him in heaven. This is a choice that each of us must make on our own, and until we do, Christ will be there waiting to welcome us home.