A wise older man once told Chuck Swindoll when he was just a kid; “the hardest thing about life is that it’s so daily.” I can’t help but think of that when I read Acts 21:13, a key verse from the text for the sermon from this past Sunday. We read a verse like that and day dream of dying for Christ in a foreign land spreading the gospel until the reality of our daily lives taps us on the shoulder. We may not be called on to die for Christ this week but we have for sure been called to live for him. Here are a few thoughts from this verse that didn’t make into the sermon.
Commitment to die for Christ means commitment to live with Christ’s people, the church. Even though Paul’s mission would take him to Jerusalem, the Scripture is clear that he loved the believers around him. Treat others in church like family because they are family.
Commitment to die for Christ involves a readiness to live for Christ. Paul said he was ready to go to Jerusalem and die for Christ. One cannot make this statement unless they are learning to live daily in the presence and power of Christ. God will give us dying grace when it’s time, ask him for living grace in the present time. Walk with the Lord personally, with your family and in your daily work and you will be ready when the time comes.
Commitment to die for Christ entails living for Christ in the mundane things. Paul is going to Jerusalem but just two chapters earlier he is making tents with Aquila and Pricilla. If you won’t live for Christ when no one is watching you wouldn’t die for him on the grandest stage. Whether you are eating or drinking or whatever you are doing, do it to the glory of God.
Commitment to die for Christ sees him as worth living for. Paul treasures Christ above everything and therefore even if it means his death he will follow him till the end. Do we treasure anything above Christ? Make Jesus the king of your life and you will follow him in death.
Elton Trueblood once said, “if you want to write, put glue on the seat of your pants and sit in a chair!” Commitment to Christ is not an event but a life, so stay committed to him in all you do this week.