There’s an old song by Steve Green that states, “Everyone wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die,” that speaks of the open secret of the new life of the believer—death. Without the cross there is no resurrection; without death there is no life. If we believe that we are on our way to heaven when we pass this world and have not yet died TO this world, we are sadly mistaken. This is the secret—the cross.

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My book, Cancer Can’t Kill You if You’re Already Dead, prods that if there isn’t a life-changing, thought cleansing, priority rearranging, new-person creating – kind of movement going on from the inside-out of you that is a never-ending, sometimes painful, often difficult, and a usually uncomfortable road paved with joy unexplainable and birthed from an awful fear of your Creator now turned into a reverent amazement causing daily repentance and a subsequent filling of His holiness and desire for truth, then you better make sure that you are a child of Whom you say.

I couldn’t have written a longer run-on sentence than the one above packed with more truth. We’ve settled for too little of God. Ask Him for more; beg Him for more. We ask for houses and healings when He desires to pour out eternity. The Psalmist understood this well, “One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.” (Psalm 27:4)

May we not settle for too little of God this side of eternity; may we be given a thirst quenched only through Him. May we burn with desire to know Him, counting all else loss but for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus.