“For if I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!” ~ Apostle Paul ( 1 Corinthians 9:16 )
“Woe to me if I should prove myself but a half-hearted soldier in the service of my thorn-crowned Captain.” ~ St. Fidelis
There seems to be a common thread that has woven its way through Christian history that one cannot ignore; it is the virtue of fidelity unto death for the cause of Jesus and His kingdom. Half-hearted devotion seems to be very uncommon in the lives those who have taken up their cross and followed their Lord along the “narrow way.” From Saint Stephen (Acts 7:54-60) until the present day, the cost for some to follow Jesus has been great.
Although martyrdom may not be required of us in our journey of faith, fidelity is. Faithfulness birthed from love is normal Christianity, and this kind of faith needs to be rekindled among those who claim the name of Christ. According to Galatians chapter five, it looks like we would all do well to ask the Holy Spirit to help us to bear His fruit on the earth ( … the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control… ~ Gal. 5:22+23).
I would like to encourage all of us to consider our lives and ask ourselves two critical questions… Is what we are living for worth Jesus dying for and do our lives make sense in the light of eternity?
All for Jesus I surrender,