There are many ways to die from physical death to dying to one’s selfish instincts. As Christians, we are constantly under siege by temptation. We are told by the world it is okay to do what is wrong as long as it makes us feel good. We are told to put ourselves before God and others. We are told we are wasting our time by praying, doing good works, or imitating Jesus. The world frowns on all these things and persecutes us when we choose what is right over what is easy. Those who do not believe put us to death in various ways from being angry with us to ignoring us. They try to force us to see the error of our ways and if we do not conform to our worldly passions, then they turn their backs on us, mock us, or even strike out against us. Being a Christian in a secular world can cause us many trials and tribulations, but thankfully if we are faithful we shall overcome all obstacles and enter into eternal life.
Are we willing to die for our faith? How can we resist the temptation to live worldly lives? How can we become living examples of what it means to live sacrificial lives?
O Lord, we are willing to die for you and your Good News.