101 Devotionals for Boys from the Lives of Great Christians and 101 Devotionals for Girls from the Lives of Great Christians will both be published in 2017. We’re publishing one or two devotionals a week to give you a taste of what you’ll get in those two gift books. This one is based on a story from With Two Hands: True Stories of God at Work in Ethiopia (Hidden Heroes #1).
“I protest, brothers, by my [boasting] in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die every day! What do I gain if, humanly speaking, I fought with beasts at Ephesus? If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” ~I Corinthians 15:31-32
When Paul talked about dying daily in First Corinthians, he wasn’t referring to spiritual death—he was talking about physical death! He meant that he faced death every single day in his desire to tell people about the saving work of Jesus Christ.
This happens to missionaries all around the world too. Dick McLellan stood in front of Ethiopian warriors who were all pointing their guns at him. He knew he could die at any moment. But he said, “I have an important message for your chief.” The warriors let him pass and take that message of the gospel.
Dick talked to the chief, he found that the chief had been waiting for years for the very message he was bringing.
Is it worth it? Is it worth it to offer your life, to “die every day”? Yes, it’s worth it! There is no greater joy than to know that people have learned and embraced the Truth.
Lord, I pray that I’ll be willing to give my life for others to know You and the great salvation they can have through Jesus Christ.