“A crucifixion of the natural self is the passport to everlasting life. Nothing that has not died will be resurrected.”
In a world that promotes living for oneself, doing what feels best, and is “me-centered”, the gospel declares that the universe does not revolve around us. If we place ourselves at the center of the universe we are actually placing ourselves at the very worst place possible because of our sinful nature.
If instead, we place Christ at the center and die to ourselves, we can truly enter into a world where we are free to live upward and outward. With Christ at the center, we enter into a realm of full joy, full community, and full purpose.
For more about dying to yourself and living for God, readDiscipleship 101 by Dane Ortlund.