Mark 14:31 “But he spoke more vehemently, "If I have to die with You, I will not deny You!" And they all said likewise.” (NKJV).
Most of my regular readers are familiar with the scene in which Peter made his famous statement of loyalty to the death. We are also aware that a while later he denied Christ three times. Yet, when Peter’s course on earth was finished he did die for the faith of Jesus Christ. It’s a fact that he died crucified upside down. There is a principle here, often overlooked. We know many have and many more will die a brutal death due to their true faith in Christ.
One of the beauties of the Christian life is to observe men and women going through the crucibles of life, with tears running down, but, somehow, with a song of faith in their heart as they rise above the pain, sometimes shame, and keep on trucking.
A famous, but strange writer, stated our part in the story of the ages with this:
“The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.” J.D. Salinger.
The prime link in this thought is a desire for life to be crowned with something, even be it death, far above the ordinary, heroic. The heroic appears to be missing in what is looked upon as mundane. We correctly salute of fallen heroes, the military, our law enforcement officers, as well as those who have an untimely demise in some industry. Yet God plainly teaches the truth that a life well lived in emulation of the style of Jesus Christ is not only worth living but is above all other styles.
To live for a cause, a person, greater than yourself, is the high calling of God. The old term used to be “unsung hero.” Yet the unsung heroes of the faith are lauded by God in His word:
Hebrews 11:37 “They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented--
38 of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.” (NKJV).
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