Living the Life

An alter ego (Latin, “the other I”) is a second self, a second personality or persona within a person, who is often oblivious to the persona’s actions. It was coined in the early nineteenth century when dissociative identity disorder was first described by psychologists. A person with an alter ego is said to lead a double life. – Wikipedia

When it comes to the internet, we can be exactly who we are, or somebody else entirely. To be honest, having a second identity can be thrilling. Your second self doesn’t have to be afraid of the things that your first self happens to fear. Sometimes this Second Life can have limitless possibilities. Christians have had quite a double life even before the term was created. There was the life of the flesh, who only cared about the ever important, “I, Me, Myself, My, and Mine.” Then there was the life of the spirit whose personal concerns go first to God. The two obviously don’t get along. The only thing that doesn’t quite work well is a Christian who lives the life of the flesh. They claim to love God, but their actions prove they put themselves first. Like the Priest that stole a million dollars to fund his expensive double life in the finest hotels and clothing.

What we have come to discover is simply this, the life we have before comming to Christ is death. The death we have in Christ leads us to finding true and eternal life. What do we know about the life that is? We live in a fallen and sinful world. Our actions to do whatever we want and to please ourselves lead to death. Due to our sinful nature, there’s nothing good living in us. Ruled by passions and desires, I wouldn’t give a first or second thought to helping others. What do we know about our life that is once we are Christians? We live in a fallen and sinful world, but we challenge ourselves to rise above it all. Our actions are centered on pleasing Christ, boiled down to loving God and loving others. This is how we find life. We still war with our sinful nature, but we have a seed of goodness in the gift that Christ Jesus gave us. Ruled by mercy and grace, we are supposed to think of others before ourselves. What do we know about the life that is to come? If it is one where we did not choose Christ, it will not be pleasant. If it is one where we chose Christ, then we are to expect something wonderful. Our needs will be fulfilled, and some things that we don’t like about ourselves will fall away. We have a whole lot of life to live and alot more life to prepare to live.

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