April 16, 2017
A Love Worth Dying For
For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand
(2 Timothy 4:6).
Life is one of our most precious possessions, but it should never become an idol to us. Life is good, but it is not God. There are things more valuable than life, and one of these is honor.
I once had a friend who told me that he'd entered into a serious business contract that had ended up causing him great emotional pain. Keeping the contract had become so difficult that he felt he simply could not continue to do what was right. "If I don't break this contract, I am literally going to die," he said. But even if that were true (and it probably wasn't), wouldn't death with honor be preferable to life with dishonor? In God's scale of values, a great blessing is pronounced on the person of integrity who "swears to his own hurt and does not change" (Psalm 15:4).
Many of us are plagued by the lack of any worth‑dying‑for love in our lives. As far as God is concerned, we have no commitments to God that are not negotiable. God gets our reverence only up to the point where God stands between us and the "life" we think we deserve, at which point we're often willing to deny God.
But there's a great irony here: if we give up our honor to hold on to life, the result is not more life but a losing of all that life was ever meant to be! Jesus said, "He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life" (John 12:25). We do ourselves a huge favor, and more important, we show the greatest honor to God, when we loosen our grip on life.
Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for, great enough to die for.