from John Muncy:
We’ve all heard by now that Chris Harper Mercer asked his victims what religion they were and if they said, “Christian”, he shot them in the head. All day today, many have posted here on FB, asking if they would die for their faith. It’s great to contemplate, for hundreds of millions have died for their faith in Christ in the last 2,000 years. And it’s a worthy question to ask.
HOWEVER, I THINK I CAN MAKE IT REALLY EASY FOR YOU TO BE ABLE TO HONESTLY ANSWER, “Would you be willing to lay down your life for Christ?” (You can answer it by answering a few other simple questions…)
One way to check if you could honestly lay down your life for Christ is to simply ask yourself, “AM I LAYING DOWN MY LIFE FOR CHRIST RIGHT NOW, TODAY?”
To take a bullet to the head and lay down your life for Christ might sound simple, but are you honestly laying down your life for Christ from day to day, right now? LET’S GET REAL – let’s ask it a different way…
Are you laying down your TELEVISION for Christ?
Are you laying down your MUSIC for Christ?
Are you laying down ANYTHING for Christ?
I know people who think they would lay down their life for Christ, but they can’t even lay down their ENTERTAINMENT for Christ! People often think they would die for Christ, but they can’t even give up their R-rated movies!
So many believers are ashamed of Christ – they never witness for Christ or speak up for Him, or openly proclaim Him – and yet they really think they would die for Him. How could you be willing to die for something that you find difficult to live for?
Some people are horrified at the thought that they might have to give up their secular music to follow Jesus more closely!
They are offended at the thought that being a Christian might mean they shouldn’t go to certain movies because of the standard of holiness that a believer should maintain.
There are people who actually scoff at the thought of giving up television for several days to have a time of separation (a spiritual fast) from their addiction to television.
These people can’t even give up their television, much less their lives!
“SO, JOHN, ARE YOU SAYING I HAVE TO GIVE UP MY MUSIC, MY TV, MY DVDS OR VIDEO GAMES TO FOLLOW JESUS?? IS THAT WHAT YOU’RE SAYING?”
Nope, that’s not what I’m saying. I’m not saying you have to give up your music, movies, or TV to follow Jesus – I’m saying you have to GIVE UP EVERYTHING TO FOLLOW JESUS!
“So likewise, whosoever he be of you THAT FORSAKETH NOT ALL THAT HE HATH, HE CANNOT BE MY DISCIPLE.”
This sounds so foreign to the average American Christian. That’s because we have been taught so long in the “easy-believism” Christianity that all you have to do is let “poor little Jesus” into your heart, because He’s out there with no friend – won’t you let “poor little Jesus” come into your heart? He’s cold…
The idea today is that Jesus can complete your set of things to occupy your time. He’s great on Sunday morning! He kinda makes the weekend end on a positive note – one quick hour of Jesus at Church – boy, you’re ready for a great week of fun and excitement! They thought that making Jesus LORD OF YOUR LIFE doesn’t seem to click with most people today. I just need Jesus to be my “fire escape” in case I die, but to say that you actually “LIVE FOR JESUS” – well, that’s not that fun, that’s for those fanatical people.
LET ME ASK YOU THIS QUESTION: “IS WHAT YOU’RE LIVING FOR WORTH DYING FOR?”
If not, then why are you living for it? Would you lay down your life for your TV? If a man walks into your house and puts a gun to your head and says, “Give me your brand new big screen TV or I’m gonna blow your brains out.” Would there be any hesitation to your response? Would you say, “Well, let me think about it?” NO!!!! You would be more than willing to let him take your TV! You won’t die for your TV! Then, the logical question would be, “Then why are you living for it?”
Why does it take up so much of your time and attention, your money and effort? Why are you so “into” your TV shows? Why waste so many HOURS every week sitting in front of it, while it steals the free time of your life? Why would you waste some much of your life living for your TV?
If someone put a gun to your head and said, “Give me all your music or I’m going to shoot you in the head.”, would you stand there and delay a response? Is YOUR music so important that you would DIE for your music collection?? If not, then why would you WASTE your life filling your mind and heart with your music than will mean NOTHING to you 100 years from now?
Are these things SO IMPORTANT that you can’t let them go? So, all those secular songs that fill your mind, week after week; that do NOTHING to bring you closer to Christ, are you going to keep allowing them to preoccupy your time from Christ and His Word? Are you one of those Christians that can’t even give up your love for secular music to follow Jesus more faithfully and deeper?
Well, mark it down – IF YOU CAN’T GIVE UP YOUR MUSIC FOR CHRIST, YOU SURE WON’T BE ABLE TO GIVE UP YOUR LIFE FOR CHRIST!
Simon Peter told Jesus that he would NEVER deny Him! He claimed he would “die” before he would deny Jesus. A few hours later, Peter was cursing and swearing that he didn’t even know Jesus! (Well, maybe he really didn’t.) Maybe his relationship was so superficial, it only took a young lady questioning him in front of others to make him lose his backbone. Peter had a great testimony, but he had a lousy prayer life – so lousy, he fell asleep during the one hour night of prayer in the garden. He sure could brag about his devotion to Jesus, but his spiritual life didn’t match his promises!
Too many of us are great at saying we would never openly deny Jesus, but we rarely ever openly proclaim Him! We are afraid we might offend someone if we witnessed to them or prayed over our meal in front of somebody – and yet we think that if that person would tell us to shut up about Jesus or get a bullet to the head that we would be real bold then. NOT SO MUCH, FRIEND!!!!
Time to get some practice in on “laying down your life”, just in case you ever have to actually “lay down your life” for Christ!
THINK ABOUT IT! – John Muncy
“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.”