“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.”
Would you die for Jesus Christ?
That is a tough question. It is tough because most of us will never have to make that decision. Most likely neither you nor I will have someone place a gun to our head and say: “Deny Jesus Christ or die.” I think that many of us would not deny Jesus in that situation. I don’t think that I would; but, of course, I don’t know that for sure – not unless it actually happens.
However, I think that there is a tougher question. You see, most of us, although we may be willing to die for Jesus, will not stake our reputations on Jesus. We will not often overcome our fear of rejection by telling someone about Jesus. We rarely risk being perceived as uncool, intolerant, stupid, or foolish by telling others that they are lost without Jesus. I can tell you that I am too often frustrated by the inconvenience of helping others – of loving others. I will often shift a conversation into shallower waters if I think that I am becoming too vulnerable to someone in need of help.
Maybe we are willing to die for Jesus.
But are we willing to live for Jesus?