Dying is never easy
Christ draws us into a new creation, but that means something has to go. As Christians, we are called into death — the death of our old selves. You can’t have resurrection without death. In the developed world, many of us are pretty comfortable. The thought of dying to ourselves seems challenging, if not impossible. ASBO Jesus captures this:
I don’t pretend to have it figured out. There are moments, however, when God’s grace burns brightly in my life — and plenty of times when I can see it in the lives of others. Maybe we Christians need to celebrate new life more often. Maybe we could start by being honest about how hard it can be to let go. Dying is not easy, but the new life it brings is surely glorious.