My friend, may I ask you a question? Some things, like mosquitoes, can force us to retreat without losing the battle; but, for a Christian, when is retreat not an option? When do we need to make the determination to stand for the truth, hold our ground, and, perhaps, even die for it-even where the odds seem stacked against us?
Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
When do you know that you’re outnumbered? I got a real good idea of some overwhelming odds the other day when I was walking up to the mailbox and decided to take a shortcut across the front lawn rather than walking up the driveway. We’ve had a lot of rain this summer and the mosquito crop is outstanding. Some say that it might be the biggest crop of the biggest bugs in decades. Anyway, even though I knew they were there, hiding in the grass, I decided to chance the shortcut. It wasn’t long before I regretted the mistake. They swarmed my arms and legs and I couldn’t swat them fast enough. Simply, my two hands were outnumbered by about 10 to 1. Retreat back to the driveway was the only option.
Some things, like mosquitoes, can force us to retreat without losing the battle; but, for a Christian, when is retreat not an option?
Here’s a story: There were two armies, one twice as strong as the other. The commander of the larger army sent a rider to other seeking terms for surrender. The commander of the smaller army called up two men. To the first he said, “Fall on your sword.” The man immediately stuck the hilt of his sword into the earth and then impaled himself on his own sword. To the second he said, “Run and leap off of that cliff.” The soldier came running and with a leap disappeared over the edge to be dashed on the rocks below. Finally the commander turned to the foreign rider and said, “I have 10,000 men who without hesitation will die for me like that. Tell your commander I demand HIS surrender.” The rider hurried back to their camp begging their commander to quickly surrender. (Sermon Illustrations.com)
That’s the kind of dedication a Christian is to have for Jesus Christ. We are to walk without fainting; never consider giving up but continue with determination and courage as we attempt to accomplish his will. Facing the foe, whether that be peers who push us to sin or the temptations of our own flesh, isn’t easy. In fact, because the world around us is over- whelming and our own flesh is powerful, we’re usually outnumbered. But, if we’re willing to die for Christ, there’s no foe, not even Satan himself, who will stand against us. With Christ on our side, surrender is never an option.
We pray. Heavenly Father, there was a time when believers put their lives on the line for You, a time when death could not deter a testimony or deny the truth. O Lord, those times seem so long ago, so foreign to us now. Forgive us Lord for seldom if ever showing the determination to witness, to testify to the truth of the gospel. If our faith is weak, please build it up. If our knowledge is lacking, provide it through Your Word. We live in evil days when every testimony to the truth is meaningful. Most us strong, make us committed. Show us that our lives have little value unless we are willing to sacrifice them for the truth. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
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