What Do You Want on Your Tombstone?

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While the commercials were a hit 15 years ago the question is no less important today. I am not talking about pizza. I am talking about things in our lives that should have been put to rest a long time ago.

Romans 6:1-14 says,

What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.

Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.

In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.

What in your life still needs to be laid to rest that is keeping your relationship with God from growing? What would you write from your life on this tombstone?

(Tombstone image shamelessly borrowed and adapted from The Making of a Leader by Robert Clinton. )

0 Responses

  1. RG,

    Thank you for your honesty.

    Hey Jonathan!

    Really glad to hear from you. Joel S. and I were just talking about you yesterday. Hope everything is going well in Texas. God bless and hope to hear more from you soon…


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