You’re Killing Me!
How often have we heard and/or used that expression, “You’re killing me!” It’s pretty common. Sometimes it’s used in fun; sometimes it’s not so fun. I came across a verse in 2 Corinthians that seems to say this very thing. See what you think about this, “For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body.” (4:11 NIV) Did you see it? Being given over to death. Is that what is happening? A daily slaying? No wonder life can hurt so much.
I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that so many are hurting these days. It used to be that I knew a couple of people going through hard times. Now it seems I only know of a couple of people not going through hard times. I’d like to think it is because Jesus is coming back very soon, and our Father is preparing us for His return. Is that shocking? Not so much if we turn on the news and take a look at the shape our world is in. There’s some ugly stuff going on. Maybe God is slaying us for very good reasons. It seems we aren’t as apt to turn to Jesus in the good times as we are in the tough times—our Father wants that none should be lost. Maybe that’s why the tough stuff is raining down pretty heavy right now? Maybe more hearts are turning to Jesus than ever before?
As I read that verse above in 2 Corinthians, it started to make more sense. Especially with verses eight and nine before it which say, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” That describes a lot of people I know. Some seem barely able to come up for air before the next wave of attack hits. They have reason to look up to God and shout out, “You’re killing me here!” And maybe Jesus looks down from the right hand of the Father and thinks, “I’ve got good reason to. I want you here with Me, and I’m coming back soon. I need you ready, focused, and available for My return.”
The other day I was talking to a gentleman about “yearning for His returning.” He said, “How do you do that?” I said, “By having confidence in where we are going, and how great it is going to be there. Why wouldn’t we yearn for it?” Even my son said the other day, “I used to not want Jesus to come back until I got to see my kids grow up. Now, I’m ready. I don’t want my kids to have to face the things this world can do to us.”
While Searching And Noticing the Divine about this subject, who but God would lead me to a restaurant where our waitress had “You’re Killing me!” printed on her T-shirt? The Word says we are being “handed over to death” so that Jesus is evident in “our mortal bodies.” When good things in life are stripped away, and it seems like we are being “handed over to death,” let it be Jesus we are left wearing!
Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him.
Job 13:15 KJV