Mark 10:33-34 (KJV) 33 Saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles: 34 And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again.
Death isn’t enough reason to abandon some missions. Jesus was faithful; He knew the horrors He was to experience in Jerusalem, but He was undeterred. He could have easily chosen not to go; He would have tried His best to avoid any route that would have even the slightest possibility of having Him end up there. But instead of telling His disciples to stay away from the destined place of death, He unflinchingly told them, “Let’s go.”
Not all aims and goals and life are worth dying for. Not all God-given tasks are of a life and death magnitude. But there definitely those that we ought to be willing to lay down our lives for. Following Him faithfully means never cowering from life-threatening situations we need to face. Simply, we ought to be who we ought to be; we ought to do what we ought to do; we ought to go where we ought to go. Persecutions, dangers, and even death ought to never serve as effective deterrence to believers whose hearts are set on heaven’s high callings. We understand that the most feared enemy of many – death – is a defeated enemy to a believer.
Our Dear God, our Life and Resurrection, to Whom death has no claim, You are definitely way worth dying for. Your callings in our lives are so great; we have no other wise option but to relentlessly and fearlessly pursue them. Please help us to find courage and strength in the middle of the most dangerous of situations, – in Jesus’ Name, amen.