Friday, January 23, 2009


"I'm not good enough to be a saint, but I could be a martyr if they kill me fast... I'm not all together happy about dying but I think I could do that if it was quick... the problem is living... in obedience to Christ..." ~ Steve Brown

I am not sure about other Christians, but I think that from time to time. Some people say that dying for Christ is the ultimate test of faith, but I disagree. I agree with Steve, the problem is living for Christ. I am pretty sure I could face death for Him and I can deal with physical pain. However, living for Him among my peers (some of whom think religion is silly or believing in God is tantamount to believing in fairies) is the tough part. I struggle with lack of confidence, pride, obedience, believing in my union with Christ, and especially compassion.

Fortunately, the story does not end there. Paul says, "But [God] said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness'...For when I am weak, then I am strong." (II Corinthians 12:9-10) If this really is true then in death or in life God has it worked out. In living we will not be perfect (or even close) but God even uses that for His glory and has promised to finish the work He started in us (Philippians 1:6). In dying we will be completed in Him and live with Him for all eternity.

By His Grace,

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