How many times have we heard that question before? Once again I have been confronted with this question while working at our church camp – Camp Concern. During some alone time, I pondered this question. I live in a great country. I have the freedom to worship my God without fear of repercussion. Chances are that we’ll never face a situation that challenges us to choose Christ or death. And even if we were faced with the choice of standing up for Christ or being killed, I’m not sure that the question, “Would you be willing to die for Christ?” is even the right one to be asking.
As I thought about this challenge, this is the answer that came to me in the quiet of my heart—not an audible voice, but just as clear, and I believe from God:
To die for Jesus (as noble as that might be) may not be all that difficult. It might only require one instant—one moment of courage—and then you’re home.
The question we need to be asking is, “Are you willing to live for Jesus?” Living for Jesus is far more difficult than dying for him! To live for Jesus requires every second of every minute of every hour of every day for the rest of your lives—on the job, at home, in school, with non-Christians, everywhere! That is the question we need to be asking each other.
You can know the answer to the question, “Are you willing to live for Jesus?”, because you are living that answer right now—by your words and your actions—either yes or no!
I can tell you which people would be willing to die for Jesus; they are the same ones who have already made the commitment to live for Jesus! The apostle Paul says in Philippians 1 that Christ will be honored in is body, whether by life or by death.. He goes on to say, “For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
It’s easy to say that you would die for Christ, but the real question is whether you are willing to live for Christ, minute by minute and day by day!
Are you willing?
In His Grip,