"I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know!" Philippians 1:20-22
One final thought on the 9-11 commemoration that is worth noting and has challenged me.
It doesn't take a lot of people to change the world but it does take committed people.
There were just 19 young men who were so committed to their beliefs that they were willing to die for them who brought down those towers and changed life in American for generations. Were they misguided? Certainly. Did they do evil? Absolutely!
One reason Islam is spreading and Christianity is losing influence is tragically illustrated by these terrorist. While many Christians won't get out of bed to show up for church or are afraid to risk ridicule for taking a stand on their priniciples, these guys gave up their lives. They were dead wrong but they loved their faith more than their lives.
If you have one faith that is more committed than another which do you think will win? Which one will gain more influence?
The Apostle Paul here states that he is willing to die for his faith. In fact, as he penned these words, dying looked as good as continuing to live under the constant persecution he faced. But, whether he lived or whether he died he was absolutely committed to live what he believed. He understood that anything not worth dying for is not worth living for. Christ is!
On young man Who died 2,000 years ago changed the world eternally. He believed you were worth dying for. All of the apostles died for their faith and knew it was worth it!
It won't take a lot of people to turn our world back to Christ, but it will take completely committed people! The 9-11 commemoration was a reminded that evil is dead serious about ruling the world. Christians cannot be causal and win the day.
Are you willing to die for Christ? Then demonstrate it by living for Him today.