“How much more do I need to say? It would take too long to recount the stories of the faith of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and all the prophets. By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them. They shut the mouths of lions, quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight. Women received their loved ones back again from death. But others were tortured, refusing to turn from God in order to be set free. They placed their hope in a better life after the resurrection. Some were jeered at, and their backs were cut open with whips. Others were chained in prisons. Some died by stoning, some were sawed in half, and others were killed with the sword. Some went about wearing skins of sheep and goats, destitute and oppressed and mistreated. They were too good for this world, wandering over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground.”
Hebrews 11:32-38 NLT
Wow! What a heritage of faith we have! Truly, these disciples of Jesus were all in. Not even death could sway them from their devotion to Jesus.
Are we this committed? It is easy to say we love Jesus when things are convenient and comfortable but what would be our devotion if our life was on the line? In all reality, living for Jesus is a surrender of our lives to His service and glory.
I'm all in!! How about you?
Prayer for today: Father, in Jesus name, help me to serve you no matter what the cost.
Rev. Curtis Norris