Living a sacrificial life – Prayer for November 12. Praise the Lord everybody! Every Christian at one time or another has searched themselves over the question of martyrdom. We all wonder what we would do if we had to make that choice of living for self or dying for our faith in Christ.
Bible Verse for Today
“And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.” (Mark 8:34-35)
The thing is God has already called us to die. The dictionary describes a “martyr” as these two things: one who chooses to suffer death rather than renounce religious principles or one who makes great sacrifices or suffers much in order to further a belief, cause, or principle.
God has called us to be “self-martyrs.” To commit self-martyrdom. Paul tells us that we no longer live but it is Christ who lives through us and in us (see Galatians 2:20). Once we as Christians grasp the fact that we no longer live and no longer are subject to our fleshly desires, it becomes easier for us living a sacrificial life.
If you have read Acts chapters 6 and 7 then you are familiar with a true believer named Stephan who was the first Christian martyr. The Bible says he was full of the Holy Spirit and his ministry was followed by “signs and wonders.” He was put on trial by the Pharisees and Sadducees for preaching the “blasphemy” of the gospel of Christ. He was found guilty and was taken out and stoned to death. Acts chapter seven states that Stephen did not deny Christ nor plead for his life
You see Stephen was already a martyr, he had died to self a long time before this happened. His flesh did not cry out to live because he had already mortified his flesh and all he could see was Jesus as he asked God to forgive his accusers.
When we can get to the point in our relationships with Christ that Stephan had achieved we won’t have to question ourselves about whether or not we would be willing to die for our faith. We will be ready willing and able to lay our lives down for our faith, and then we will know what Paul was feeling when he stated in Philippians 1:21 “for to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” God bless you all.
Living a Sacrificial Life Prayer for Today
Father God, help us to live as Christ and to die to the flesh. We thank you that we can lean on you for the strength to mortify our flesh, so that we can submit to any trial or tribulation that you allow to come our way. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.