Some things must die in order to be productive. Certain seeds will not germinate into a plant unless they freeze during the winter. Death is now a new beginning for a new life. Jesus had faith that His death would bring salvation to the world. His resurrection was Christ’s crowning moment as the conqueror of Death by letting do of his right to life.
The moment you repent and embrace Christ, we die to sin (Rom. 6:6), but there remains sinful aspects of our character that had not gone to their graves willingly. This process requires intentionality and practices in place that conform us as we are in God’s presence to be like Christ. Think about this before you surrendered, were you self-centered? You may discover selfishness lingering in your life when you ought to be freely sharing what you have in the name of Christ (Matt. 10:8). Did you have a volatile temper? Now as a follower of Jesus, you experience moments when anger wells up within you. Were you driven by ambition? You may still find yourself with the same motivation as you strive for recognition and position in the kingdom of God. To die to sin is to die to your ego.
If these attitudes are allowed to remain alive, they will stifle the Spirit. Your temper may prevent some from coming to Jesus. Your selfishness will hinder you from investing into those around you. Your ambition could cause you to use others to meet your goals. Your family may be suffering because of some areas of your life that you have never allowed the teachings of Christ to apply to. It is futile to say, “But that’s just the way I am!” That maybe the way you were. But that person died with Christ; you are a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17). Allow God to complete His work in you and see what surrender produces.