Committed To Christ – Even To Death

Daily God Walk for Wednesday, November 18, 2009

  Then Thomas (called Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.” – John 11:16

 The setting for the Scripture reading today is that Jesus had been ministering with his disciples in Galilee and received word that Lazarus was sick and near death. After a few days Jesus decided to leave Galilee and go to Judea.

The disciples were perplexed. When they thought there was a chance to heal Lazarus they were willing to take the risk of going to Judea, but now he was more than likely dead and there would be no value in risking their lives just to visit his sisters.

They disciples argued with Jesus saying, “A short while ago the Jews tried to stone you, and yet you are going back there?” After a bit of bantering the disciples showed their true devotion to Jesus.

Thomas said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go that we may die with him.” It is quite a fatalist perspective but it does demonstrate the depth of their commitment to the Christ. They were willing to follow him even if it meant their death.

Many today would say, “There is no value in following Jesus to sure death. I’ll just remain here and carry on when he is gone.” Very few are willing to pay the price of the kind of commitment that the disciples were making.

Some would call this blind faith, but people of faith do understand what was happening. It was not blind faith but their faith was being challenged. Were they willing to risk even death to follow Jesus whom they called Christ?

That is the question facing most of us today. Will we persevere in our devotion to Christ in the face of the most extraordinary trials? Are we willing to face rejection and persecution for Christ? Or will we find some way to excuse ourselves from the commitment required to follow him all the way?

To know him is to serve him and to serve him is to be willing to die for him.

 Principle: To serve him is to be willing to die for him.

 Affirmation: I am committed to go all the way with him, even to death.

 Prayer: Lord, I find myself sometimes making excuses as to why I can’t do a certain thing you have asked. Grant me grace to follow all the way.

 Bible Reading: Psalm 115 – Esther 7-8 – Jude  – Proverbs 18

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