The Word of God says that we have died.1 This is about death in the Lord. The word “death in the Lord” relates to an attempt to put to death all desires that are contrary to God’s will. There are two major things which contradict to God’s will: First, all desires which, if carried out, it means breaking the law or violating ethical life based on the Ten Commandments. Religions of the world have the same law. This is said to be common ethics. Normally, a violation of these laws is also considered as a breach by society. State laws in the world set up their communities based on laws that are in line with those laws.
Second is a desire that does not align with the God’s will, although it does not contradict to the law and life etiquette in general. This desire departs from our own taste and pleasure. Although it is not against the law, but if it does not suit God’s taste and contentment, it is sinful (miss, Gk. hamartia). In this case, believers are called to live in God’s will. Thus, James wrote in his letter, “so whoever knows what is good to do and does not do it is guilty of sin.” What James meant with “what is good to do” is something good in accordance with God’s will. It is not about the law. It is the same as what has been mentioned by James, “go into this or that town and do business and make a profit”, it is not something that breaks the law, however, if it does not align with God’s will, it means contradiction to God’s will.2
To be in death in the Lord, one must be willing to seriously extinguish all personal goals, personal ambitions and desires that lead to one self. Geared towards one self means it is for self interest and pleasure. Almost all people in this world live in the outfall to themselves. It is seen as a common and reasonable standard. Many people think it is precisely the fairness of human life that is to have desires. According to them, those who do not have desires will not need to live longer. That desire is a craving that comes from one self and leads to him alone. Eventually of course, everything that is carried out, is done for the benefit and happiness of God. School, college, career, business, work, marriage, and others are all performed for the glory of God.3
Actually, believers are not prohibited to have desires. One should have desires because God created man with aspiration. However, believers who have been redeemed by the blood of Lord Jesus, they are no longer their own.4 It shows that everything we have belongs to God, including our desires. Thus, one who has been redeemed by the blood of Lord Jesus, he should not have self desire that leads to him only. All of the desires should be rooted from our understanding toward God’s will, and we have to attempt to realize it.
To realize what is willed by God, believers must first have good morals then understand what God desires for us to do. If the general morale has been damaged or is not yet fixed, then one will not be able to enter into the realm of doing God’s will. Therefore, one should have sensitivity in order to understand what God wants or the will of God. And to put up sensitivity one must understand the truth written in the Bible and maintains personal fellowship with the Lord every day. This private intimacy is done through prayer and at any time one contemplates God’s presence in this life. Through this, one grows his sensitivity to understand what is desired by God.
1) Colossians 3:3 ; 2) James 4:13-17 ; 3) 1Corinthians 10:31 ; 4) 1Corinthians 6:19-20