Paul hit on something that followers of Christ sometimes have a tendency to forget: though we're pressed, we're not crushed. I know that sounds nice and even a bit cliche, but what does it actually mean? I think what Paul was getting at is that though we might face trials and persecution and difficulty, ultimately we will be able to withstand it… we won't be crushed by it. Jesus called His followers to die with Him so they would be able to live the way God intended. This death is a daily sort of thing that requires the sacrificing of personal goals and agendas and will for the goals and agendas and will of Christ. When we die to our own desires we find life through Jesus. Though we might be pressed, we are not crushed. We have a loving Savior who comes to our rescue and strengthens us so we can make it through. Death for the follower of Jesus doesn't end it death; it ends in life.
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Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.