A Cause Worth Dying For
Most people are giving first class allegiance to second class causes and those causes are betraying them. I talked one time to a guy who said “I climbed the ladder of success, but when I got to the top I found it was leaning against the wrong wall.”
We’ve got to find something worth dying for, then live for it. Why? Because, until you do this, you will not have ultimate happiness in your life.
The question you need to ask yourself about whatever you’re giving all your time and energy and money to is: How much is this going to matter five years from today? How much is this going to matter in ten years? How much is this going to matter in a thousand years?
The best use of your life is to invest it in that which outlasts it. You need to live for something worth dying for. You are not ready to live, to really live, until you know what’s worth dying for. If you’ve never figured that out, you’re coasting. You’re not really living, you’re existing.
Phil 2:27-30 “And he certainly was ill; in fact, he almost died. He risked his life for the work of Christ, and he was at the point of death while doing for me what you couldn’t do from far away.”
Let me give you the background in this. Paul is in prison in Rome. The Philippian church is in Greece. It’s eight hundred miles away. The Philippian church decides to send a care package to Paul in prison. There are no planes, there are no trains, there are no automobiles, and it’s eight hundred miles. Epaphroditus, a member of that church, raises his hand and says, “I’ll do it! I’ll walk eight hundred miles through thick and thin, through robbers and thieves, battling armies and all kinds of things. (His favorite band must have been the Proclaimers – I would walk 800 miles, and I would walk 800 more.) “I’ll walk eight hundred miles just to take a gift from our church to a guy who is in prison eight hundred miles away.”
Paul says he risked his life. On this eight hundred mile walk to take this offering to Rome, it doesn’t tell us what he got, what kind of disease or what happened, but he got so sick he nearly died. But in spite of persistent pain, he completes his mission and he finishes what he starts.
Let me ask you two very personal questions for you this year two thousand years later. Here are my two questions to you: What commitment have you started that you haven’t yet finished? What if Epaphroditus, when he got sick, had said “I give up. I’m going back to Philippi.” He wouldn’t have completed his mission. What commitment have you made that you need to keep? Maybe it’s a commitment to your spouse. A commitment you made to your husband. A commitment you made to your wife that “I’m going to do this. I’m going to work on this.” But you haven’t. Maybe a commitment you’ve made to one of your children, or to a friend. Maybe it’s a commitment you’ve made to God.
Let me ask you a second question. Is your commitment to Christ deep enough to cause you to risk your life? There aren’t many people like this guy. “I’ll do it. I’ll walk eight hundred miles to take the gift to a guy in need.” Would you do that? There aren’t many people like this. It’s rare. That’s why the Bible says honor them.
Most people say, “I’ll live for Christ as long as it’s convenient. But right now there’s a good game on.” Most people would be happy to live for Christ as long as it’s convenient and it’s comfortable.
Are you willing to live for Christ at work when it’s inconvenient and it’s uncomfortable?