I will live or die for Him

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Gladys Aylward, a British missionary to China, wrote to her parents:

“Life is pitiful, death so familiar, suffering and pain so common, yet I would not be anywhere else.  Do not wish me out of this or in any way seek to get me out, for I will not be got out while this trial is on.  These are my people, God has given them to me, and I will live or die for Him and His glory.”  *

*I pulled this quote from David Garland’s commentary on Acts in the Teaching the Text Commentary Series.

This quote ricocheted in my brain and echoed in my heart all day.  I thought of it as I prepared to teach tonight on the Paul and Silas being beaten with rods, severely flogged, and thrown into prison in Acts 16.  I’m sure I will think of it as I finalize a sermon tomorrow on counting the cost of following Jesus from Luke 14.

Following Jesus provides many things. Joy, peace, victory, abundant life, everlasting life to name just a few.  Yet, it does not come without sacrifice.

Aylward’s quote speaks of a high sense of calling.  Many of us float through life without a sense of purpose.  I want more than that.  I desire faithfulness to something worthy of sacrifice.  I desire a sacrifice worthy of my Savior.

3 thoughts on “I will live or die for Him

  1. “I desire faithfulness to something worthy of sacrifice. I desire a sacrifice worthy of my Savior.” Jeff, is it possible to tell if we are doing the work of the church. . .or just doing church work?

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