Dead to the World

“May I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world” (Gal. 6:14)

There is an expression people use, to convey to someone the end of a relationship, that leaves no room for confusion:

“You’re dead to me.”

Such a sentiment does not often come lightly. Usually, a rift has been created between two formerly close friends, and one or the other simply cannot forgive the prevailing offense.

The statement – “You’re dead to me” – indicates finality, definiteness, and certitude.

If this has been said, it is because the relationship is over with, done, finished.

It is as if saying the words makes it real. The person really is dead, in the sense that they are no longer seen, heard from, or thought about.

(At least that’s the idea.)

It is truly a tragedy any time this happens in a relationship. Ideally, it should never get to this point. There were probably several signs that things were in disrepair and needed tending to.

Nevertheless, the Lord always encourages forgiveness of others, instead of casting them out. (Matt. 18:21-22; Rom. 12:18)

This is, however, the ideal attitude a believer would have concerning the wicked ways of the world.

Upon salvation, once sin has been put to death and crucified with Christ, the believer may look at the devil and say, “You’re dead to me.”

Being a new creation in Jesus Christ, the world’s temptations no longer hold sway over your soul. What once held you in slavery now holds nothing over you whatsoever.

When Christ came into your heart and became your Lord and Savior, He gave you the gift of grace.

Because Christ provides more comfort than exists in all the world, you no longer have need of the comforts of the world.

The world is dead to you.

(Or, at least that’s the idea.)

“Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever wishes to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy with God.” (James 4:4)

“Lay aside the sin that clings so closely.” (Heb. 12:1)

“If you live according to the flesh [world], you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” (Rom. 8:13)

Turn away from sin, and turn toward the Savior.

Sin never wins, but faith never fails – the Lord God always prevails!

Amen!