"Be faithful unto death and I will give you the crown of life."
My hubby is a police officer and is also on SWAT. I get asked all the time if I am always worried for him. The answer is, No. Worry is not from God. I can count on one hand how many times I have been comsumed by fear or worry about him not coming home. That doesn't mean that I am not constantly praying for his and other police officers safety though.
Very close to our department, we had two more Police Officers lose their life to a man with a gun. Though their deaths are horribly tragic there is something beautiful that has come from it. One of the officers was a man devoted to God. His whole family was. I did not know this man personally, so you may be wondering how I know. His wife went on a secular radio station a day after his death and brought glory to our King. You can listen to this wonderful testimony here (grab a tissue) She even says how this was her husbands destiny, that Jesus was calling him to die that day and how she was jealous that her husband was with Jesus. She also said that even though she doesn't like it, this is why she married him, so that she could glorify the Lord in his death. WOW! Is all I can say.
I wonder how I would react if my hubby's life was taken, or even my precious children.. I wonder if my faith is as strong as it is suppose to be. We say all the time that we want to lay down our lives for the Lord, but do we really mean it? Would we be faithful unto death?
Gods word tells us we are suppose to love Him more then these... These can be anything, do you love Jesus more then your husband? your kids? your animals? your job? Here's the convicting part, not just a little bit more, infinitely more then anything.
I love what it says in Obadiah, "If thieves came to you, if plunderers came by night- How have you been destroyed!" It doesn't matter what is taken from us, we have Jesus. But by the way we live our lives you would think otherwise.
We live in a free country. A country where we can read our bibles and proclaim His name without fear of death, yet we don't. Why? because we don't love Jesus more then these. We should be like Jeremiah, a prophet who was mocked for his Faith. He never realized how bad his trials would get, but he says "If I say I will not mention Him or speak in His name, there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in and I can not." Did he stop preaching the Gospel? No, He wanted to, but he was in Christ and he couldn't. He would have physical pain, like fire in bones if he were to stop.
Paul also says, "For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel." (1Corinthians9:16). And for those of you who think you are not suppose to share the Gospel. Christ has paid the penalty of sin by His death, It has been paid for all those who trust in Him. "He died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for Him."`(2Corinthians 5:14)
So for my point. Will you be faithful unto death? No matter what this broken world throws at you, will you still proclaim His name? Will you still bring glory to our King? Will you share the Gospel with every single person you come into contact with? You never know whose life will be changed and who will be pulled from death.
One more thing to share. C. Spurgeon wrote this and if this is not your hearts cry or as in Jeremiah, his pain, then you don't love Jesus more then these,
"If sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies. And if they will perish, let them perish with our arms around their knees, imploring them to stay. If hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions and let not one go there unwarned and unprayed for. Every Christian is either a missionary or an impostor. Have you no wish for others to be saved?"