“No!” Peter insisted. “Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you!” And all the other disciples vowed the same. – Matthew 26:35
Which is easier? To die with Christ or to live for Him? Peter, and all the other disciples, honestly believed that they were ready to die with Jesus. They also claimed that they would never, ever deny Him. We all know how that story played out.
Personally, I think it is easier to die WITH Jesus than to live FOR Him, but only because you have to die WITH Him BEFORE you can ever live FOR Him. Does that make sense? If you believe in Jesus Christ, then (according to the Scriptures) you have also died with Him. In believing, you die … to self, having been crucified with Him. In other words, you MUST die in order to live. Unfortunately, living for Christ is still difficult. If not, then why do we so often deny Him by our actions?
Oh that we might we die WITH Christ, in order that we might also live FOR Christ and then, of course, never, ever, deny Christ.
Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there’s a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see. – Helen Keller
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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