A faith worth living for is a faith worth dieing for.
This is a quote the Lord brought to mind a few years ago. I write it down on the inside cover of those pocket Bibles that the Gideon’s hand out, and whenever we meet someone asking for food, we give them a Bible and a $5 restaurant card.
When I ponder that quote I ask the Lord to strengthen me so that if I ever have to face a situation in which I am asked to renounce faith in Christ I will be able to stay faithful even unto the point of death. What helps is knowing that if I am asked, they will not be asking me to renounce “my” faith, but a faith given to me as a gift by my Heavenly Father. A faith based upon His word, not mine. A faith sealed in me at my baptism. Secure because God who is faithful cannot lie.
I am currently reading, “The New Foxe’s Book of Martyrs” by John Foxe. I am so encouraged, strengthened and impressed by the courage and fortitude of so many people who have died for the Christian faith. Many of them in unbelievably tortuous ways.
But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus–the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God. Acts 20:24
It bears noting that because there is a Christ, there will be an adversary. Or should I say that because there will be an adversary there is a Christ? 🙂
Christ Jesus was a real man. He lived a perfect life 2,000 years ago. He died on a cross for our sins. He rose again for our justification in the eyes of God. We are declared righteous because of what he did for us by dieing for us. I think that’s worth living (and dieing for) don’t you?
Maybe my quote should be…
A faith worth dieing for is a faith worth living for.
Abba Father, I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Strengthen me according to your word, In Jesus name, Amen.