Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
To live we must die. These words are utter foolishness to worldly men, battle cries to Muslim jihadists, overlooked by cultural Christians, forced upon persecuted brethren and sobering to the rest of us. As well they should be.
Thoughts of dying to selfishness and practicing righteousness are unsettling. As well they should be. We must get off our rusty dusties, shake off our comfy cozies and be about our Father's business. Less I correctly be labeled a hypocrite, I am not yet the example I'd like to be. But I'm working on it.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: You are examples for me. You walk with guts and glory. By stepping out of the normal American lifestyles, you're stepping up to God's stage as goodwill ambassadors. You're laying your lives on the line.
I'm delighted by you. I'm thankful for your courage and diligence. I realize you've faced more challenges than I know: health and financial, waits and rejection, doubts and skepticism.
Still you go. Please know that my applause for you is eclipsed by God's smiling Face. Your brave and clean examples will give millions the best and first Example, one screen at a time.
Can it be by you giving up an easy path, fans will follow on the narrow one? By you giving up your own glory, fans will discover the Source of light? You better believe it. God does. I do, too.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Giving series.