What Will You Die For?

What are you willing to die for?

 

The 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence were willing to die to birth a new country in freedom from tyranny. “For the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”

These were men of means and education with families and much to lose. Yet they valued liberty more than life itself. These were men who believed in a cause far greater than themselves. And the majority of them lost their homes, their lands, their businesses, their wealth, their peace and security without wavering in their stand, and gave to us the United States of America and the freedom in which we now stand.

 

What are you willing to die for?

 

The apostles were willing to die for the cause of Christ.

  • Matthew was martyred.
  • Mark died for the cause of Christ.
  • Luke was martyred.
  • Peter died for the cause of Christ.
  • James, Jesus’ brother, was a martyr.
  • James, John’s brother, was beheaded.
  • Bartholomew died for the cause of Christ.
  • Thomas was a martyr.
  • Jude, Jesus’ brother, was killed for the cause of Christ.
  • Matthias died for the cause of Christ.
  • Stephen was stoned to death for his testimony.
  • Barnabas was martyred.
  • Paul was beheaded in Rome.
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These were men who believed in a cause far greater than themselves. They valued spiritual liberty and freedom over sin, hell, and the grave. They were willing to give their all that they might save some. And they stood without wavering, contending for the faith in which we now stand.

 

What are you willing to die for?

 

  • Esther was willing to die for her people: “If I perish, I perish.”
  • The three Hebrews were willing to die to remain obedient to God: “Our God Whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace – But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not worship the image you’ve set up!”
  • Paul knew from the outset of his calling that he would suffer for Jesus’ sake: “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”

 

 

When Jesus told His followers to take up their crosses daily and follow Him, to lose their lives that they might be saved, He knew exactly what He was requiring of them – and us. John put it this way: “He that says he abides in Him ought to walk even as He walked.”

 

Many good men have fought to the death for our civil liberty. The saints died to pass onto us the faith we live by. Jesus died and lives again that we might have spiritual liberty.

 

Paul admonishes us to stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. “You’ve not yet resisted unto blood” the author of Hebrews reminds us. Have you purposed in your heart, with Daniel, not to be defiled? Will you carry your cross? Lose your life that you may find it? “For what shall be the profit if you gain the whole world and lose your soul?”

 

David wrote, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me.”  John stated that the saints overcame the enemy “by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto the death.”

 

There are things worth dying for.

 

Jamie Lucero

1Timothy 1:17

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